World Congress of Families III
Mexico City; 29-31, 2004
FEMINISM AND THE FAMILY
Janice Shaw Crouse, Ph.D.
FEMINIST OUTCOMES ON THE FAMILY
Let me review some of the collateral damage from a promiscuous lifestyle of so-called free love.
Currently, less than 52 percent of U.S. households include a married couple.
More than 50 million women lived alone at the end of the twentieth century.
Since 1970 the marriage rate has declined by about 25 percent and the divorce rate has increased by nearly 80 percent. Half of all marriages have ended in divorce since the early 80s. This means that more than 35 million children are left bereft with the majority of them living with a single mother and living in poverty.
The total number of cohabitating couples at the beginning of this decade was approaching 5 million and the number is rising steadily.
10 million adults under the age of 25 will contract an STD this year.
The staggering increase in out-of-wedlock births is the defining characteristic of the demographics of the 20th century one-third of children are born out-of-wedlock in the U.S.
Of the women between the ages of 15 and 44those most likely to get marriedless than half, only 49 percent, are now married.
Abortion upon demand has meant the end of life for 45 million babies . . . and untold pain for the women who would have been their mothers.
59% of our children are now spending a significant portion of their childhood and adolescence in single parent families. That means, according to the social science evidence, that 25% of them will never reach productive adulthood.
Will we be able to do anything now? At the end of the revolution?
One thing is clear no nation can long endure without strong, healthy families founded on the inviolable institution of marriage the union of one man and one women committed to each other for a lifetime.
So something must be done everyone has got to do something!