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1/9/2014 (1 year ago)

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Fertility rate hits record low for second straight year

According to data released last week by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the fertility rate of women in the United States fell to a record low for the second year in a row in 2012. For the second year in a row, 40.7 percent of the babies born in the U.S. were born to unmarried mothers.

Where are these children's fathers? And what culture supports the propagation of homes where the father is absent?

Where are these children's fathers? And what culture supports the propagation of homes where the father is absent?

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

1/9/2014 (1 year ago)

Published in Marriage & Family

Keywords: Unwed mothers, fertility rates, United States, absent fathers


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The fertility rate is the number of births per 1,000 women aged 15-44. "Births: Final Data for 2012," according to the 2013 CDC report, fertility was 63.0, down from 63.2 in 2011, which was the previous all-time low.

"The 2012 general fertility rate (GFR) for the U.S. was 63.0 births per 1,000 women aged 15-44, down slightly (less than one percent) from the record low rate reported for the nation in 2011 (63.2)," the CDC report says.

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The U.S. fertility rate has dropped from year-to-year for each of the last five years. In 2007, it was 69.3. In 2008, it was 68.1. In 2009, it was 66.2. In 2010, it was 64.1. In 2011, it was 63.2. And, in 2012, it was 63.0.

According to CNS News, the fertility rate in the United States has declined 46.6 percent since 1960. In that year, 118 babies were born per 1,000 women aged 15 to 44.

Of the 3,952,841 babies who were born in the United States in 2012, said the CDC report, 1,609,619 - or 40.7 percent -- were born to unmarried mothers.

Therefore, 2012 thus marked the fifth year in a row that 40 percent or more of the babies born in the U.S. were born to households without a father.

The first year when 40 percent or more of the babies born in the United States were illegitimate, 2008, 40.6 percent of babies were born to unmarried women.

In 2009, 41.0 percent of American babies were born to unmarried women. In 2010, it was 40.8 percent. In 2011, it was 40.7 percent. And, in 2012, it was 40.7 percent.

The percentage of American babies born to unmarried mothers has more than doubled since 1980. Only 18.4 percent of the babies born in the U.S. that year were born to unmarried mothers.

Where are these children's fathers? And what culture supports the propagation of homes where the father is absent?

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