This data is used to argue that legislation aimed at reducing out-of-wedlock
births is needed due to the disproportionate level of negative life chances and problems these children experience.
When the percentage of out-of-wedlock
births was partialled from the correlation between rates of male unemployment and rates of violent crime, the resulting correlation was not significant ([r.
For each of the four years beginning in 1999, the five states that achieve the greatest decline in their ratio of out-of-wedlock
births to total births, while holding their abortion rate to below its 1995 level, are to receive $20 million each.
Americans are rightly concerned about high rates of abortion, teen pregnancy and out-of-wedlock
PREVIOUS EXAMINATION OF BLACK OUT-OF-WEDLOCK
It is commonly asserted that the increase in illegitimacy has been caused by welfare benefits encouraging, or at least allowing, single women to bear children out-of-wedlock
The rapid rise in maternal employment has coincided with an increase in divorce rates, crime, out-of-wedlock
births, and a general sense that the nation's ethical climate has eroded, and many observers think these changes are related.
And though welfare rolls fluctuated in subsequent years, there was a sharp increase in 1989-1990, mostly due to rising out-of-wedlock
birth rates and other factors of family breakdown.
And among blacks the out-of-wedlock
birthrate has reached 69 percent.
Indeed, individual out-of-wedlock
copulations have a higher fertilization rate than single mating efforts at home.
The homes' evangelical founders understood out-of-wedlock
births to be the result of women's victimization by licentious men.
Convinced that government must prevent out-of-wedlock
births but worried that their proposal to deny welfare to children born to unmarried minors would lead to more abortions, Republican social engineers would now return us to shotgun weddings and bastardy statutes.
In fact, adult women, not teenagers, account for large majorities of the unintended pregnancies, abortions and out-of-wedlock
births that occur each year.
From 1950 to 1987, the proportion of out-of-wedlock
births in the United States increased sixfold, from 4%  to 24% of all births, respectively.