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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Record High 40% of Births to Unwed Mothers

The CDC's National Center of Health Statistics released a report today on children born to single mothers. The data backs up claims that children are better off in a stable home with a married mother and father.

"Surveys show that children born to two-parent families are generally better off," said the CDC's Ventura. "Health outcomes are just not as good for those born to unmarried women."

The report lists low birth weight, preterm birth, infant mortality and limited social and financial resources as hardships more likely to be faced by a child born to a single mother.

Popenoe, the co-director of the non-partisan National Marriage Project at Rutgers University, says that the rising rejection of marriage means that children will suffer the negative consequences."

Read the full article here.