Is “sexual amorality” causing the breakdown of the family?

Four out of every ten new mothers are not married to the father of their child. The percentage of teenage girls giving birth to children is rising steadily. Twenty-two percent of all pregnancies end in abortion. Half of all pregnancies in our country end in out-of-wedlock births or in abortion. Infanticide and illegitimacy are pure social corrosives. The family, the truest “social safety net,” has been beaten black and blue by advocates of sexual amorality.

First off, the term “sexual amorality” is problematic. What amounts to sexual amorality? ANY sexual contact before marriage? Sex with more than one person? What are the boundaries?

If you can find it within yourself to get past that slippery slope, you next come upon the next problematic term: “family.” What is a family? I assume that this author considers it one man and one woman. Taking the hot-button homosexuality issue out of it, what about widowed parents, divorced people, grandparents/aunts/uncles/etc. raising kids, foster kids, adopted kids… the list goes on.

Do you see the problem?


  1. Anonymous August 3, 2010

    Oh, the demise of the “nuclear” family, that really only existed within the last 50 years anyway. Families for generations were not made up this way, and yet, we are “nostalgic” for the Beaver Cleaver family of the 1950s. Also, there’s a good amount of data to suggest that the abortion rate didn’t rise with its legalization. The same amount of pregnancies were already medically ended – just no one talked about it or kept track. In fact, the abortion rate is lower now than it was 30 years ago.

    All of this is not to say that out of wedlock births aren’t a problem – they are. They create a very vulnerable family structure. Whether you want to remedy that with marriage or with other means, it’s still true. Single moms or dads need a lot of support. Although liberals don’t like to say it, having a system of people – be it a mom and dad, or a grandma, grandpa, aunt or uncles – to raise a kid is much better for the kid and for the parents than going it alone. It’s just very hard.

    The thing that pisses me off about people lamenting the decline of the family is that they really know nothing about why and just credit rising immorality. Of course, they’re not more immoral – just everybody else. What is this – the Great Awakening? Lets be more thoughtful in 2010 than we were in 1700.

  2. Anna Tarkov August 3, 2010

    Another great point that I didn’t even think to make. And frankly, we need better support even for married heterosexual couples who choose to have children. I truly think this is a difficult task if both spouses have busy careers. A lot of people think money is the answer, but not everyone wants a stranger raising their children. And yet, for many professional women there’s just no other way if they want to stay competitive in the job market.

  3. Anonymous August 3, 2010

    Possibly relevant (you decide) — Charles Blow ran this interesting in the New York Times showing that Republican-voting states fill most of the top ranks when you look at which states have the most divorces, out-of-wedlock children and online pornography subscriptions.

  4. Anonymous August 3, 2010

    I mean to say “interesting chart.”

  5. Anonymous August 3, 2010

    Oops, I should have said “teen births” not out-of-wedlock births. Sorry, I was a little distracted.

  6. Anna Tarkov August 3, 2010

    I’ve actually seen that :) And yes, I think it’s absolutely relevant. Why are places where morality is supposedly most ardently advocated the ones where it’s least practiced, at least as it’s defined there?

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