40 Percent of US Pregnancies Out of Wedlock, ‘Shotgun’ Marriages Have Plummeted: Report

40 Percent of US Pregnancies Out of Wedlock, ‘Shotgun’ Marriages Have Plummeted: Report

Some guy from “Institute of Family Studies” is quoted in this – I think that is the same organization that marriage-idolator and singleness-hater (Link): Bradford Wilcox works for, though I don’t see Wilcox himself mentioned in this. (Or maybe Bradford works for a similarly named organization, but not the same one? Hmm.)

One of the women quoted in this article talks about equality of the biological sexes as though equality for both is “bad.” She hissingly spit out the phrase “gender equality” as though the concept is terrible. I disagree.

As a celibate chick, I for one want, need, and appreciate gender equality.

My guess is that her outfit is a conservative Christian one that espouses the sexist “Gender Complementarian” view, which, unfortunately, confuses equality for women with being the same thing as “secular liberal feminism,” when the two are not necessarily the same thing. (I believe in equality for women, but I am not a liberal feminist.)

The last part of the article mentions that young people today are having sex more often, which is (Link): disputed by other articles I’ve seen where both liberals and oddly, conservatives, are freaking out because adult singles (young ones) are NOT having sex – they are celibate.

More commentary is below this link with excerpt:

(Link): 40 Percent of US Pregnancies Out of Wedlock, ‘Shotgun’ Marriages Have Plummeted: Report

Excerpt:

A new Senate report is highlighting the effects of unwed childbearing and family breakdown as approximately 40 percent of births in the United States now occur outside of wedlock. And what are known as “shotgun” marriages are largely a thing of the past.

The sharp rise in nonmarital births is a result of a complex mixture of moral, behavioral, and social changes given how the Sexual Revolution overhauled the American landscape, noted Robert VerBruggen, deputy managing editor of National Review, writing on the blog of the Institute for Family Studies Monday. Two out of every five pregnancies in the United States now occur outside of wedlock.

“Married couples’ fertility rate plummeted by about a third in the 1960s and early 1970s, almost certainly thanks to the introduction of the Pill at the beginning of that period,” he wrote.

…”People today generally believe that unlimited sex is an entitlement and that children have only the rights adults choose to give them. This is called ‘reproductive justice,’ because it neutralizes the impact of children on education and career, and supports ‘equality’ between men and women,” said Jennifer Roback Morse, president of the Ruth Institute, in an interview Tuesday with The Christian Post.

…The Senate report, “Love, Marriage, and the Baby Carriage: The Rise in Unwed Childbearing,” was released this month and prepared by the vice chairman’s staff of the Joint Economic Committee at the request of Senator Mike Lee (Republican of Utah). The findings examine the trends and aim to understand how the United States arrived at its current social state.

The report also reveals that “shotgun” marriages — where the woman’s father supposedly enforced the social norm of marriage by threatening to shoot the guy who impregnated his daughter — have tanked.

“We ridicule this norm, because we forget that it had the benefit of protecting the interests of children in having relationships with both parents,” Morse commented.

…The Senate report, “Love, Marriage, and the Baby Carriage: The Rise in Unwed Childbearing,” was released this month and prepared by the vice chairman’s staff of the Joint Economic Committee at the request of Senator Mike Lee (Republican of Utah). The findings examine the trends and aim to understand how the United States arrived at its current social state.

The report also reveals that “shotgun” marriages — where the woman’s father supposedly enforced the social norm of marriage by threatening to shoot the guy who impregnated his daughter — have tanked.

“We ridicule this norm, because we forget that it had the benefit of protecting the interests of children in having relationships with both parents,” Morse commented.

…Unmarried people as a group had previously limited their sexual activity, concerned about both unwanted pregnancy and social stigma, the report found. But they, too, began having sex earlier and more frequently as they gained access to hormonal contraception and as changing attitudes made premarital sexual relations more acceptable.

“Further societal changes made unmarried childbearing, not just sex, more acceptable, such that half of births from nonmarital pregnancies today are intended,” VerBruggen observed.

The authors of the report do not think that abortion is a significant contributor to these trends, he explained. The abortion rate increased during the 1970s but dropped in the following decades and remains by all measures lower today than when Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973.

You can see that conservatives speak out of both sides of their mouth about all this. The conservatives in the above article claim concern that singles are postponing marriage, that singles are having sex all over the place (supposedly), that they are having babies out of wedlock…

But, on the other hand, conservatives are also criticizing editorials (Link): such as this one, where I explain at the intro, that conservatives should be supporting the concepts it puts forward, such as every individual practicing sexual self control, but instead, conservatives are saying such views are out-dated, repressive, too weird, etc.


Related Post (off site):

(Link): Millennials Are Having Less Sex Than Any Other Generation, Study Finds (Christian Post)


Related Posts:

(Link): Let’s Rethink Sex by C. Emba

(Link): Are Single Women – and specifically Never Married Women – More Likely To Be Victims of Abuse? Rebuttals to this view (advanced by W B Wilcox)

(Link):  Teens Too Busy Playing Video Games to Have Sex

(Link):  CDC Report: Virgin Teens Much Healthier Than Their Sexually Active Peers (2016 Report)

(Link):  Self Control – everyone has it, is capable of it, but most choose not to use it (New Study Says Conservatives Have Better Self Control Than Liberals)

(Link):  The Many Reasons That People Are Having Less Sex (2017 article via BBC News)

(Link):  Did Hell Freeze Over?: Liberal Rag Promotes Idea that Celibacy is Acceptable, and a Valid Life Choice / Re: 2016 Study Says Millennials Aren’t Having Much Sex

(Link):   Stop Pretending Sex Never Hurts, By D.C. McAllister

(Link):  Some Researchers Argue that Shame Should Be Used to Treat Sexual Compulsions

(Link): A Day In The Life Of An Abstinence Ed Teacher by S. Gomez

(Link): Why are young feminists so clueless about sex? by M. Wente

(Link): Please Stop Shaming Me for Being Single by J. Vadnal

(Link):  Want To But Can’t – The One Christian Demographic Being Continually Ignored by Christians Re: Marriage

(Link):  Hey, Justice Kennedy: You don’t need to shame singles to uphold marriage by L. Bonos

(Link):  Really, It’s Okay To Be Single – In order to protect marriage, we should be careful not to denigrate singleness – by Peter Chin

(Link): The Myth of Safe Sex by D. Foley

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