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Out of Wedlock

March 7, 2012

Out of Wedlock

     A couple of recent Newsweek columns said the national rate of marriage is at an all-time low while kids born out of wedlock is increasing!

    Some studies show 3/4 of births out of wedlock are unintended.  In fact 70% of out of wedlock births are from women who are high school dropouts, vs. 51% for high school grads, 34% with some college & only 8% to women with college degrees.

   Three out of four births among blacks occur out of wedlock vs. 53% in the Latino community & 29% white.

   The poverty rate for single parent families is 6 times that of married families.  People who graduate high school and are married are less likely to be poor.

   In Oklahoma, women of all ages have seen an increase in the proportion of children born out of wedlock.

   In fact some research indicates 80-90% of births to Oklahoma women under age 20 are out of wedlock vs. about 20 % for women in their 30’s and 40’s.
    When it comes to percentage of unwed mothers, Oklahoma is one of the worst in the nation and it’s getting worse.

     It’s a problem statewide across all ages and races. 
     There’s plenty of research to prove kids from one parent homes have a tougher battle: getting out of school getting a job & having a stable adult life. 

     Kids do better academically and economically when there is a high school educated, married mom and dad and home.

For Common Sense, I'm Vince Orza.

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