ABC News has an interesting article regarding the record breaking number of births seen in the United States recently. Apparently the birth rate has not been this high since the 1950s. 40 percent of these births are out-of-wedlock.
This article indicates that an explanation for this could be cultural trends and attitudes and cites Bristol Palin, the daughter of former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, as the " poster child for what you do when you get pregnant now."
It also states that abortions are at their lowest levels in decades and indicates that it is unclear whether this is due to better use of contraceptives, failure in proper use of contraceptives or declining availability of abortions.
Some other interesting facts:
"Among the states, Utah continued to have the highest birth rate and Vermont the lowest.
Today, U.S. women are averaging 2.1 children each. That's the highest level since the early 1970s, but is a relatively small increase from the rate it had hovered at for more than 10 years and is hardly transforming."
Please read this article and share your thoughts on this information. Were you surprised at the percentage of out-of-wedlock births?