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LARGELY FATHERLESS: 36 percent of those turning 21 this year grew up without dads

By Catholic Online - (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
9/4/2014 (2 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

In 1960, less than six percent of all children were born without fathers

Approximately 36 percent of the American generation, more than a third, born from 1993 through 2012, due to turn 21 this year, were born to unmarried mothers. According to the Centers for Disease Control, at least 40 percent of the babies born in each of the last six years - 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 were born to unmarried mothers.

It must be noted that there are a lot of individuals, through courage, perseverance and hard work, overcome the disadvantage of being born into a single-parent household.

It must be noted that there are a lot of individuals, through courage, perseverance and hard work, overcome the disadvantage of being born into a single-parent household.

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By Catholic Online - (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
9/4/2014 (2 years ago)

Published in Marriage & Family

Keywords: Fatherless homes, single family homes, single mothers, statistics


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The statistics are disheartening - of the 80,838,742 babies were born in the United States from 1993 through 2012, 29,007,173 of those babies were born to unmarried mothers.

This figure doesn't include the 40.6 percent of babies (1,605,643 out of 3,957,577) born in 2013 who were also born to unmarried mothers.

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It wasn't always this way. Back in 1940, only 3.8 percent of American babies were born to unmarried mothers and 20 years later in 1960, it was still only 5.3 percent.

This began to change in the mid-Sixties. By 1965, it was 7.7 percent. By 1969, it was 10 percent. By 1975, it was 14.3 percent.

Many women have chosen to raise their children without a male parental figure. As the traditional family has receded from its historical role as the foundation of our society, what has taken its place? Government.

The Department of Health and Human Services, in its latest annual report to Congress on "Welfare Indicators and Risk Factors," pointed to the high rate of births to unmarried mothers. "Data on non-marital births are important since historically a high proportion of welfare recipients first became parents outside of marriage.

"Historically a high percentage of AFDC/TANF recipients first became parents outside of marriage," the HHS report said. "In 1940, 3.8 percent of births were to unmarried women. Beginning in 1960, this percentage began to increase, reaching 32.6 percent by 1992. It remained steady for a few years, before rising to 40.7 percent in 2011."

It must be noted that there are a lot of individuals, through courage, perseverance and hard work, overcome the disadvantage of being born into a single-parent household.

"It is also true that there are people in government who rather than let us raise our own children would prefer to raise them for us - to fit their own models of virtue and excellence," columnist Terrence P. Jeffrey notes.

"Yet if America continues to turn away from the traditional family, we will never turn back to limited government and the liberty that goes with it," Jeffrey concludes.

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