Michael Brown

Is it any surprise, then, as abortion rates have soared in numerous countries around the globe that the family structure has been in serious decline in those countries as well? Aren’t motherhood and fatherhood and the esteem for babies and children closely interrelated?

China is facing a crisis now with its aging population and a disproportionate number of men compared to women, the latter being the result of parents aborting girls so that their one child will be a male.

In some cases, Chinese parents have simply discarded their female infants at birth, which brings to mind this letter dated in 1 B.C.. It was written by a Roman man named Hilarion to his pregnant wife Alis, mixing tenderness with casual barbarity: “Know that I am still in Alexandria. And do not worry if they all come back and I remain in Alexandria. I ask and beg you to take good care of our baby son, and as soon as I receive payment I shall send it up to you. If you are delivered for a child [before I come home], if it is a boy keep it, if a girl discard it. You have sent me word, ‘Don’t forget me.’ How can I forget you. I beg you not to worry.”

But China is hardly alone when it comes to low birth rates that will not be able to sustain future generations. From Japan to Greece to Russia to Spain, plummeting birth rates are becoming a national crisis. (For more on this, see Mark Steyn’s book America Alone.)

Putting this in the context of the wider problem of family deterioration, a NY Times article from February, 2012 stated, “It used to be called illegitimacy. Now it is the new normal. After steadily rising for five decades, the share of children born to unmarried women has crossed a threshold: more than half of births to American women under 30 occur outside marriage.”

As striking as this is, according to a May, 2009 report in USA Today, America’s rate of 40% illegitimacy for all live births was well behind that of the UK (44%), Denmark (46%), France (50%), Norway (54%), Sweden (55%), and Iceland (66%).

On the other hand, these Scandinavian countries have a higher percentage of couples living together outside of wedlock, and so the United States still leads the way in single-parent homes. Headlines like this, from December 25th, 2012, in the Washington Times, say it all: “Fathers disappear from households across America. Big increase in single mothers.”

The story notes that, “Nicole Hawkins’ three daughters have matching glittery boots, but none has the same father. Each has uniquely colored ties in her hair, but none has a dad present in her life. . . . In her neighborhood in Southeast Washington [D.C.], 1 in 10 children live with both parents, and 84 percent live with only their mother.”

What this means is that we have an epidemic of babies not wanted (either not conceived, or killed in the womb, or even discarded), babies born out of wedlock, single moms, absentee dads, and in many countries, an aging society that will not be replenished.

Is there any way to reverse the tide?

Michael Brown

Michael Brown is the host of the nationally syndicated talk radio show The Line of Fire and is the president of FIRE School of Ministry. His newest book is Outlasting the Gay Revolution: Where Homosexual Activism Is Really Going and How to Turn the Tide. Connect with him on Facebook at AskDrBrown or on Twitter at drmichaellbrown