Thursday, March 19, 2009

Rising out of wedlock birth rate and teen birth rate -- another reaons to promote marriage and abstinence until marriage education.

A recent news story points out that the out of wedlock birth rate is at 40% -- a record high. Along with that or an important reason for this is a rising teen birth rates.

The birth rate rose slightly for women of all ages, and births to unwed mothers reached an all-time high of about 40 percent, continuing a trend begun years ago. More than three-quarters of these women were 20 or older.

For a variety of reasons, it's become more acceptable for women to have babies without a husband, said Duke University's S. Philip Morgan, a leading fertility researcher.

Even happy couples may be living together without getting married, experts say. And more women—especially those in their 30s and 40s—are choosing to have children despite their single status.

The rising out of wedlock birth rate is a national crisis, but most people greet it with a yawn. The absence of moms and dads in the lives of their children is a key reason factor behind poverty and criminal activity. The social fabric will continue to fray until this crisis is addressed.

7 comments:

Troy said...

Tom,

Even some research indicates that this high rate may in part be due to abstinence teaching and not providing youth with information on birth control.

Case in point, Governor Palin's own daughter is part of that 40%, and she was raised exclusively on a diet of abstinence and jesus.

Chuck Darrell said...

Troy,

Are you saying that abstinence isn't scientific?

Troy said...

Not at all. We know that abstinence is 100% effective. It is abstinence PLEDGES that are not. (and that has been scientifically proven).

Chuck Darrell said...

I stand corrected. I thought the problem was the sexual liberation ideology of the 1960's.

Troy, the problem is an ideology that blames pledges, or should I say blames the victim - children.

It's called denial.

Elaine said...

Its your denial chuck that should be questioned. The biggest out of wedlock births and teenage births are in the bible belt. The bigger the "faith" in the family the more "accidents" that are made. Get the facts straight chuck.

Chuck Darrell said...

Elaine,

Stop blaming the kids. They are getting sick because we won't tell them that it's their behavior, not lack of a condom that is getting them sick.

Do you really believe we are going to solve this with more condoms, creams, pills and vaccines?

Elaine, I think you are an ideologue.

Elaine said...

chuck, not blaming the kids, blaming the parents, and system that will not give them facts, but tell them that "blind faith" is the only answer.

Fact show, that healthy sexual behavior is best. So if they are going to have sex, then protect yourself. Its the ideologue of yours that is so backwards.

Its the bible belt, extreme right sections of the country that have the highest of teen births, and pregancy's.

I think we are going to solve this problem with open diologe that will get kids talking about what is real, and what is real and truthful to them, what their opinions are, what they believe in. I do not believe in putting a "faith" on a person, ones beliefs need to be dealth with education, knowledge, culture, and experience. One finds true faith, that way. One finds true peace in an open society where religion does not form laws.

You want your religion to be law, that is not the "intent" of our country not to use your own words against you.

and its your own words as an extreme right wing that causes you to be flagged as a terriorist.

Its your own words and beliefs that will make it law for same sex couples to get married. Since its religion that causes for the debate of whats "one woman one man".

I am a straight woman, with children, and married to a straight male, and have been for 30 years.

I grew up in a house hold that pushed religion. That had tridional values, that dictated what we were suppose to do and not do. Guess what? My brother went to jail, my sister got pregnant at 19 because she was thinking she was being "safe" cause she had no facts. It happens. I found my own faith. My own peace, my own practice. I would say I am a religious person even.

so sorry chuck, you come across and always will as a bigot. and unknowing of the facts