In the US out of wedlock births were almost a taboo of sorts. Today, in a new age and new world, that view has changed, and so apparently has the view of out of wedlock births at home and abroad. In fact, a look at the out of wedlock births by country, and it becomes evident that marriage and baby-making are no longer synonymous.
50% of Children Born out of Wedlock
These are not the highest reported numbers, however, as many other countries are experiencing an even significantly higher number of out of wedlock births. This is also only another sign of the time and era we live in, where so many children today come from single-parent homes.
The good news for many of these single-parent families is that there is help and programs, not only in the US but in outreach programs and services around the world. Many of these programs and organizations provide clothing, food, and education for these families.
Although that doesn't necessarily do much to stem the rising number of out of wedlock births by country, it is a sign of our efforts as a community and world to care for our children. With so many people struggling around the globe in war-torn or third world civilizations, those numbers may not stop rising anytime soon.
The total number of our of wedlock births may be too big to ascertain, in addition to the barriers that may present getting such information. It doesn't take a math expert or scientist though to recognize that with such a high percentage of out of wedlock births, the gross numbers must be considerable.
So until we find ourselves in a better planet, and in a safer world, out of wedlock births may be something we learn to live with. There is also more than enough proof that people can succeed coming from virtually any type of situation growing up.
As our children continue to enter the world, with or without both or any parents, hopefully they will find a planet that is accepting and that offers them the help, hope, and love they need to succeed. That should be true for every child, regardless of how many parents they have, or where they come from.