The birth rate in the United States hit an all-time low in 2011, according to a report released this month by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“The 2011 preliminary number of U.S. births was 3,953,593, 1 percent less (or 45,793 fewer) births than in 2010; the general fertility rate (63.3 per 1,000 women age 15-44 years) declined to the lowest rate ever reported for the United States,” said the report.
More than 40 percent of all babies born in the country last year, the report said, were born to unmarried women....
The percentage of American-born babies who were delivered by unmarried women actually declined slightly from 40.8 percent in 2010 to 40.7 percent in 2011.
In 2011, 1,606,087 babies were born to unmarried women and 2,347,506 were born to married women.
Although the percentage of babies born to unmarried women was highest among teens, the percentage of babies delivered by unmarried women of older ages increased from 2010 to 2011.For many, it's no big deal. But a closer look reveals it is a big deal.
In 2010, 33.9 percent of the babies delivered by women 25-29 were delivered by unmarried women, and in 2011 that increased to 34.4 percent. In 2010, 21.1 percent of babies delivered by women 30-34 were delivered by unmarried women, and in 2011 that increased to 21.6 percent. In 2010, 19.6 percent of babies delivered by women 35-39 were delivered by unmarried mothers and in 2011 that increased to 21.1 percent. In 2010, 21.7 percent of babies delivered by women 40 and over were delivered by unmarried mothers and in 2011 that increased to 22.4 percent.
Declining birth rates means a smaller population which will impact economic growth and the ability of government to sustain it's current expenditures. This will impact social programs and everything else government does. It also will also increase pressure for higher taxes.
Higher out of wedlock birth rates means a significant, negative impact on character formation in the next generation. Lack of fathers means kids are more likely to engage in criminal activity, do poorly in school, and a host of social of other social pathologies.
I compare it to the effect termites have on a house. It destroys the foundation out sight, until one day the house collapses. Same with the breakdown of marriage and child rearing. If we do nothing, society will break down and collapses.
Same sex "marriage" is relevant to this discussion. Redefining marriage means mothers and fathers are no longer important. Fathers become superfluous. The state, if a new, genderless definition is adopted, will no longer be in a position of encouraging the involvement of fathers in children's lives because this would be discriminatory against same sex, female households.