Michael Medved

Among young women below age 30, new government figures show a clear majority of births—53 percent—now occurring outside of marriage. Since 1970, out-of-wedlock birthrates for blacks have tripled—to 73 percent—while the rate for whites went up ten-fold, to 29 percent.



Even the New York Times recognizes the disastrous impact of such numbers, since children of single mothers fail more frequently in school, while engaging more regularly in criminal, self-destructive behavior. Liberal analysts say financial hardships make non-marital births more likely, but out-of-wedlock births also make those financial hardships more likely.



Only 8 percent of college graduates give birth outside marriage—indicating that the same qualities of self-discipline and long-term planning that enable women to achieve educational success also help them avoid bringing babies into the world without a marriage to nourish them.


Michael Medved

Michael Medved's daily syndicated radio talk show reaches one of the largest national audiences every weekday between 3 and 6 PM, Eastern Time. Michael Medved is the author of eleven books, including the bestsellers What Really Happened to the Class of '65?, Hollywood vs. America, Right Turns, The Ten Big Lies About America and 5 Big Lies About American Business
 
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