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US Out-Of-Wedlock Birthrates Is Soaring

Buried in the ‘Health’ section of the New York Times:

Out-of-Wedlock Birthrates Are Soaring, U.S. Reports

By GARDINER HARRIS

May 13, 2009

WASHINGTON — Unmarried mothers gave birth to 4 out of every 10 babies born in the United States in 2007, a share that is increasing rapidly both here and abroad, according to government figures released Wednesday.

Before 1970, most unmarried mothers were teenagers. But in recent years the birthrate among unmarried women in their 20s and 30s has soared — rising 34 percent since 2002, for example, in women ages 30 to 34. In 2007, women in their 20s had 60 percent of all babies born out of wedlock, teenagers had 23 percent and women 30 and older had 17 percent.

Much of the increase in unmarried births has occurred among parents who are living together but are not married, cohabitation arrangements that tend to be less stable than marriages, studies show.

The pattern has been particularly pronounced among Hispanic women, climbing 20 percent from 2002 to 2006, the most recent year for which racial breakdowns are available. Eleven percent of unmarried Hispanic women had a baby in 2006, compared with 7 percent of unmarried black women and 3 percent of unmarried white women, according to government data drawn from birth certificates.

Titled “Changing Patterns of Nonmarital Childbearing in the United States,” the report was released by the National Center for Health Statistics, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Out-of-wedlock births are also rising in much of the industrialized world: in Iceland, 66 percent of children are born to unmarried mothers; in Sweden, the share is 55 percent. (In other societies, though, the phenomenon remains rare — just 2 percent in Japan, for example.)

But experts say the increases in the United States are of greater concern because couples in many other countries tend to be more stable and government support for children is often higher.

“In Sweden, you see very little variation in the outcome of children based on marital status. Everybody does fairly well,” said Wendy Manning, a professor of sociology at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. “In the U.S., there’s much more disparity.”

Children born out of wedlock in the United States tend to have poorer health and educational outcomes than those born to married women, but that may be because unmarried mothers tend to share those problems.

Decades ago, pregnant women often married before giving birth. But the odds of separation and divorce in unions driven by pregnancy are relatively high. So when a woman gets pregnant, are children better off if their parents marry, cohabitate or do neither? That question is still unresolved, Dr. Manning said…

“There is no consensus on those questions,” Dr. Manning said.

In an enduring mystery, birthrates for unmarried women in the United States stabilized between 1995 and 2002 and declined among unmarried teenagers and black women. But after 2002, the overall birthrate among unmarried women resumed its steady climb. In 1940, just 3.8 percent of births were to unmarried women.

The District of Columbia and Mississippi had the highest rates of out-of-wedlock births in 2007: 59 percent and 54 percent, respectively. The lowest rate, 20 percent, was in Utah…

There are several “enduring mysteries” in this article:

The pattern has been particularly pronounced among Hispanic women, climbing 20 percent from 2002 to 2006…

What could possibly be causing this?

In an enduring mystery, birthrates for unmarried women in the United States stabilized between 1995 and 2002 and declined among unmarried teenagers and black women.

No, certainly the Republican-forced ‘welfare reform’ had nothing to do with this.

And of course the not so subtle subtext is that this means we need to give everyone more welfare.

Just like they do in Sweden.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, May 13th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

29 Responses to “US Out-Of-Wedlock Birthrates Is Soaring”

  1. Howard Roark says:

    Isn’t it ironic that ever since Roe v Wade was passed, allowing a single woman who was the victim of some male’s aggressive domination over her life and body to liberate herself from the slavery of motherhood, birthrates of unmarried women have actually increased?

  2. proreason says:

    “The District of Columbia and Mississippi had the highest rates of out-of-wedlock births in 2007: 59 percent and 54 percent, respectively. The lowest rate, 20 percent, was in Utah”

    More enduring mysteries.

    Really, there are so many mysteries about the stete of affairs in the District of Columbia. Of course, it could be just a random outlier in a set of random points, but it’s more probably stubborn white racism, or George Bush, or both.

    And how about that Utah? Boy there’s a puzzler for ya. Maybe that’s what happens in a state blessed with abundant natural resources, iron-fisted government control, an anti-religion mentality, good solid socialist politicians, and a culture that treasures the old-fashioned values like gay marriage and an anything goes uberlib world-view. Oh wait………

    • Colonel1961 says:

      I’ve done the regression analysis and out-of-wedlock births are a function of longitude. The lesser longitudes ~77 degrees, have higher rates of out-of-wedlock births than the greater longitudes, e.g., 111 degrees. Sperm must swim faster or have greater efficacy as they move easterly…

      Any other conclusion is racist! RACIST!

    • I rather enjoyed your comments pro. Very nice.

    • MinnesotaRush says:

      PR .. you and the Colonel are slated to receive the honorable “Columbo” Award for your skill in solving these “enduring mysteries”.

      Thank you both, for your consistent work!

      BTW Colonel, I was doing a swim for the Sherriff’s Water Patrol up here one time and … whooosh!!! You guessed it .. one of those sperms went by like lightning in a southern direction! Only heard it. Too fast to see.

    • gipper says:

      “Really, there are so many mysteries about the stete of affairs in the District of Columbia. Of course, it could be just a random outlier in a set of random points, but it’s more probably stubborn white racism, or George Bush, or both.”

      Don’t you know GWB is the father of all those DC kids? In the last eight years, he sneaked out of the White House whenever he could to father an extraordinary amount of children.

    • Lurkin_no_mo says:

      I wonder how many of our Congress Critters are responsible for this surge of births in DC.
      At least they aren’t taking the normal liberal birth control method of abortion.

  3. pdsand says:

    All together now…’WON’T ANYBODY THINK ABOUT THE CHILDREN!?!?’

    • Liberals Demise says:

      ……and not one mention about the sperm donor.
      Oh wait……this article isn’t about dead beat dads or lesbians with turkey basters.
      (my bad)

  4. catie says:

    If I hear “my baby’s daddy” one more time I’m going to scream. I have a number of loser relatives (the children of most of my cousins) who have a number of children out of wedlock and have no problem with this and not marrying so that the bastard children can receive welfare. In the old days people got married when someone popped up pregnant but not anymore they have a “fiancee” for life. Of course this upsets Planned Parenthood to no end because they want to make their millions with their abortuaries so I’m sure they’re quite peeved.
    BTW my grandparents eldest child (my Aunt who just passed away) was a “7 month baby” according to my late grandma. I remember asking my mom when I was a kid what exactly a “7 month baby” was and she was then forced to have the “dreaded talk” probably earlier than she had planned.

  5. proreason says:

    “who have a number of children out of wedlock and have no problem with this and not marrying so that the bastard children can receive welfare.”

    Interesting anecdotal evidence, Catie, for what we all know.

    Welfare encourages out-of-wedlock births……which increases the tax burden of everyone else…….and makes the out-of-wedlock parents dependent on the government…..which makes them vote for Democrats…..which makes the Democrats implement more policies to increase dependency on government….which increases taxes…..which

    you get it.

  6. wirenut says:

    So this is what “It takes a village” really means. More like Mr. Heston’s movie to me. What was it? Something Green?
    Like pro stated, more votes. How sad that the most important job in the world for some, is left to the state.

  7. eaglewingz08 says:

    But the libtards have told us for forty years that it doesn’t matter who raises a kid or if anyone does, or that a single mother was equal or superior to a father mother dyad for raising kids, or that the family was patriarchal and an evil that must be outlawed, etc.
    So now the Slimes is admitting that forty years of propaganda was wrong?
    Disgusting.

  8. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Ann Coulter laid this all out very well in her book, “Guilty” about how single moms who are stupid enough to get pregnant and who, encouraged by the liberal agenda, are “hapless victims” who are “courageous and strong”.

    Now, I’m not one to stigmatize any single mom with a scarlet letter but for cying out loud, what is the motivation to lock yourself in with a child, when they are children themselves and who cannot adequately provide, etc?

    The mind becomes a porridge of mush, seaweed and fecal effluent that cannot grasp this “concept”.

    Yet GovCo keeps throwing money at it, and guilts others into accepting it as “normal”.

    I have a freind, he got married to a woman who’s teenage daughter got pregnant by a complete loser. He was in his early 20’s…she was NOT OF AGE. He has a police record and has done prison time for dealing dope.

    But wait, there’s more.

    Almost a year after this baby has arrived, she is pregnant again. This time by a different loser.

    No, she’s not black.

    Yes, she is a high school graduate and actually made pretty good grades.

    Her answer to her mother about the “why”?

    “I dunno…it just happened”.

    Two more mouths to feed on the federal and state dime. I’m puzzled because intellectually, she’s not stupid …but she is emotionally immature, as you would expect an 18 year old to be.

    I have never witnessed such irresponsibility this closely. Whenever she’s around, I just leave though as she’s not going to like anything I have to say. I have no sympathy…and I find it perhaps one of the most selfish acts to want to keep these children instead of putting them up for adoption where they would be doted on and given far more opportunity to become successful. Instead, this 18 year old has condemned them to a life of poverty, poor self-esteem, and statistically speaking, they stand a much greater chance of becoming criminals.

    But you won’t hear that from the MSM. Nope…Mom is a “victim” of the system..and we must “raise them up” and not stereotype them or criticize them in any way.

    For all the liberals touting civility and taking care of people, they don’t seem to grasp the concept of what a “life of poverty” entails. Nor can you get them to believe it if you took them to the state-run daycare center or child protective services.

    Takes a village?

    More like a village idiot.

  9. U NO HOO says:

    And gays want to marry?

  10. pdsand says:

    Well the acceptable answer to this problem is anything but getting married and getting a job and doing the right thing by your family.

    It’s the same thing as atheism, the acceptable answer for the libtards is anything but what we’ve known all along.

    • proreason says:

      The traditional family is a social construct that strengthens individuals by providing a strong support system.

      – that enhances the individuals ability to resist other social systems, like the government
      – and enhances the family’s ability to be self-sufficient and not become dependent on the government
      – which lessens the government’s grip on the population

      Therefore, the family unit itself must be destroyed.

      Family’s are enemies of the government. Ours is particularly effective at ruining families, as you can see from the last 80 years. (Social Security and Medicare also loosen familial bonds since with them, the government makes the family unnecessary in the declining years of a person’s life.)

      It’s the same reason governments usually destroy or take over religions and other forms of social unions that the government cannot control. You might detect some signs of that as well in our Alinsky-ite Overlords.

  11. Helena says:

    So when a woman gets pregnant, are children better off if their parents marry, cohabitate or do neither? That question is still unresolved, Dr. Manning said… “There is no consensus on those questions,” Dr. Manning said.

    Nope. Nope. No consensus at all. We have no idea, really. In fact, it may turn out that wolves make the best parents for human infants.

    • Lurkin_no_mo says:

      Right, Helena. Dr. Manning will be unable to come to a consensus until his data proves that children are better of in an unorthodox family.

  12. wirenut says:

    Child protective service is “code word”, for let’s enable a freeloader to not take on their responsibility. Responsibility comes from one man and one woman committed to each other and their young. Sadly, the left-tards find that Government is more adept in this goal.
    U NO HOO, libs don’t have a lock on misery, HAW-haw. For some it happens after saying, “I Do”.

  13. right liberal says:

    Hello, everyone.

    It wasn’t merely welfare reform that lowered unwed birth rates. That helped overall, but the main force behind the collapse in teen pregnancy was the change by the Republican-controlled Congress in 1995 for that year’s Fall school semester from a policy of “Everybody does it, get used to it, you ought to be ashamed of your prudish self if you don’t do it, too” sex education to one promoting chastity. Immediately, and for the first time, teen pregnancy rates began declining, and rapidly. Their real explosion among all began with the push from Washington of sex education classes, but they’d been rising due to Leftist cultural pressure for years before that, especially among the fatherless created by Congress in the mid-1960’s.

    Teen pregnancy rates declined every year the pro-chastity program was in effect, until Republicans began losing control of governorships and state legislatures and the perverse anti-human beliefs of the Left were put back into force. They did the same thing in Congress, as well. You may not remember the great anger caused among abortion-provider and other filth-mongering groups when their “customers” began disappearing, and the excuses the media and other Leftist propaganda outlets made for why teen pregnancy rates were falling. When they got their way and rates immediately began to rise again, they were notably silent, just as they were in the 1960’s when violent crime rates exploded because of similar loose-morals policies.

    Republicans can more or less run the 1994 Contract With America campaign again, now, considering how many policy reversals the Dem Cong has pushed through in the last 3 years.

  14. canary says:

    Muslim Demographics. Scary. Sweetness-Light recent articles on extremist muslims in U.S. having 100 wifes and 40 something children appears to be going growing all over the world. Quran: go to everytown, convert of kill.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-3X5hIFXYU

    just a note, but alot of deadbeat dog dads. Obama should make them pay, instead of worshipping & trying to please them. His blame their many wifes.

  15. artboyusa says:

    Excellent news for you guys! Finally, the USA is starting to catch up with Britain in the bastardy stakes – although the UK still leads the developed world with an official bastard rate of 43%, so eat our dust Yankee dogs!

    Oh, did I say “bastard”? Sorry, sorry – didn’t want to sound judgemental or anything. Here, Mom Betty and baby Jamal; have some more of my salary;spend it on something nice. Crack, flat screen TV, new sneakers – help yourself! Its the least I can do.

  16. Helena says:

    Those nyah nyahs hurt, artboy. We’re working hard for that lead spot.

  17. artboyusa says:

    I know you guys can do it, Helena. C’mon America – put your shoulder to the wheel!


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