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WETZSTEIN: Birth numbers breaking records
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But the new 2007 data shows that a record 1.7 million babies were born to unmarried women, including 386,702 born to unwed teens.
Final observations. The new birth numbers reflect a rejection of abortion. Many of the 2007 births were unexpected, and with affordable pregnancy tests in every drugstore, they didn’t go undetected for long.
Yet birthrates are rising while abortion rates keep dropping. (There were 19.4 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15 to 44 in 2005, a third less than the peak rate in 1981). Papa, don’t preach. I’m keeping my baby.
The new data also show that when it comes to life choices, many women are shopping for strollers at Babies R Us before getting their fittings at David’s Bridal.
Marriage eventually comes — by age 35, 82 percent of U.S. women have become a bride; by age 70, it’s up to 97 percent.
The big question remains how to get more young couples to do what Grandma and Grandpa did, which is to marry first so there are four loving arms ready to welcome each baby.
• Cheryl Wetzstein can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Author
Cheryl Wetzstein covers family and social issues as a national reporter for The Washington Times. She has been a reporter for three decades, working in New York City and Washington, D.C. Since joining The Washington Times in 1985, she has been a features writer, environmental and consumer affairs reporter, and assistant business editor.
Beginning in 1994, Mrs. Wetzstein worked exclusively ...
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