A National Scandal--and Disaster

Michael Medved

2/22/2012 3:16:09 PM - 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.