Births to Unwed Mothers Nearly Half of All Births

Calling it “The Great Crossover,” a report by academics and social activists shows that for the first time in history the median age of American women having babies is lower than the median age of marriage – 25.7 and 26.5, respectively.

The report says, “These “dramatic changes in childbearing” results in dramatic statistics about American children. Among them, 48 percent of first births are by unwed mothers, and by age 30 two-thirds of American women have had a child, typically out of wedlock.

Patrick Fagan, senior fellow and director of the Marriage and Religion Research Institute at the Family Research Council, told that the prevailing social ethos in today’s culture that “anything goes” results in a disconnect between this kind of data and its moral implications.