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Acknowledging Fatherhood: Child Births to Unmarried Parents
by Sean Kullman
Although we have seen an overall decrease in the birthrate in the U.S. in 2020, we continue to see an increase in the number of out-of-wedlock births. Though some might rightly argue the decrease in birthrate is an increasing national concern, the answer should not be found in out-of-wedlock births. The Adverse Childhood Experience Survey and other research show children born out-of-wedlock often grow up poorer and have greater challenges throughout life. This does not mean a child born out-of-wedlock cannot be healthy and successful, but it does reveal the burden is much harder.
Policies and Court Actions Deny Equal Protections
In both social narratives and policy actions, there is a systemic failure to address the importance of fatherhood. It remains one of the largest policy failings facing the U.S., and the troubling rhetoric surrounding out-of-wedlock births only contributes to the problem.