Friday, October 28, 2005

More Fatherless Children Than Ever

The government is reporting that last year a record number of babies were born to unmarried women: one and a half million. (Link via Drudge.)

That's one and a half million children (not counting any siblings they may have) who will grow up knowing that Mommy didn't think their father was worth marrying. Or vice versa. What must that make these children feel?

The article mentions that, in some cases, these unmarried mothers are living with someone, possibly even the baby's father, so maybe Dad is still around in some cases. But is a household where either of the two parents can walk out at any time really as stable as one in which the couple are bound together by the promises they made, the social and legal contract they entered into, and the sacrament joining them. (Okay, if you're not Catholic, you might not believe marriage is a sacrament, but you probably still have some religious reinforcement for your marriage.) Don't we owe it to our children to give them as stable a home as we can provide?

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