Fertility Goes Down in Flint

Fewer babies are being born in Flint, Michigan, a likely outcome of the highly publicized lead-poisoning of the city’s water supply, say economists from the University of Kansas and West Virginia University.

They looked at birth and death certificates in Flint and compared them to other Michigan cities before and after the April 2014 change in Flint’s water source.

Fertility rates in Flint decreased 12% and fetal death rates increased 58%.

Tying the statistics to the lead-contaminated water is difficult, the researchers say. But their examination of Google searches and American Time Use Survey results did not unearth evidence that Flint residents were trying to prevent pregnancy.

Source: University of Kansas

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