9/14/11: Cohabitation Dangerous for the Unborn

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A recent study in the journal Contraception reveals that cohabiting women who accidentally get pregnant are eight times more likely to abort their children than married women in the same circumstances. According to the study, almost 60 cohabiting women in every 1,000 will abort their children.

Brad Wilcox, director of the National Marriage Project told The Washington Post that cohabitation rose 13 percent in 2010 — making it even more prevalent than divorce, for the first time in history.

He said “Cohabiting relationships tend to be characterized by less commitment, less sexual fidelity, more domestic violence, more instability, and more insecurity, compared to married relationships.”

He added “these kinds of relationship factors don’t foster an ideal home environment for children.”