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An epidemic of unwed moms-to-be

Posted: September 18, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: September 18, 2013 2:00 a.m.

I just saw an ad for a new television comedy this fall. Since it is to be about the “family,” I focused in.

The daughter announced to her parents that she has a new boyfriend and, by the way, she is pregnant.

Judging from the national statistics on unwed moms, she is, sadly, not unusual. Nationally, 41 percent of all U.S.births and up to 73 percent of children in certain racial subsets are born to single moms.

Will the television daughter abort the baby? Adopt the baby? Or will she keep and rear the baby as a single mom?

Have her parents warned her about the hard lives of children whose parents aren’t married: That they are more likely to experience poverty, lower educational achievements and higher odds of criminal behavior?

And where is the father? Is he playing video games instead of “manning up” to be the husband and father he should be?

Parents, pastors and media producers: Let’s reverse this unwed mom epidemic!


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