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We asked UFI readers this question:

“Which of these factors has contributed the most to the meteoric rise of unmarried child bearing?”

Here’s how they responded:

48 Percent                           Sexual Revolution

16 Percent                           Anti-Marriage Feminism

 8 Percent                            Growth of Individualism

28 Percent                           Gov’t welfare/subsidies

 The articleThe Single-Mom Catastrophe”  Kay Hymowitz speculates that there are three things that have contributed to the rise of unmarried child bearing.

 The reasons for the shift were many, including the sexual revolution, a powerful strain of anti-marriage feminism and a “super bug” of American individualism that hit the country in the 1960s and ’70s.

We at UFI wonder about the role that government and public policy has played in this dangerous trend.   We think there is much truth in the adage:  “Whatever you subsidize, you get more of.”  Not a small number of UFI readers saw it that way too (28 percent).

We highly recommend the article The Single-Mom Catastrophe”.   In a short article, you get an important glimpse into the seriousness of the problem of unmarried mothers.


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