Coconut Generation

The Next Generation of Asian Indians

Illegitimate Children March 31, 2008

In 1960, 5 percent of all pregnancies occured to unmarried mothers. By 1999, percentage rose to 33. One in every three children born in America is born to unwed mother. In 1970 it was 10.7 percent and 1980, 18.4 percent and 1990, it was 28 percent. Latest CDC stat on birth to unmarried women stands at 36.9 percent, ie 1,527,034.

Contrary to conventional notion that most illegitimate children are not being born to teen mothers. Over the past four decades age of unmarried mother giving birth has risen from teen girls to twenties and now in thirties. Also it moved beyond black poor girls to well-to-do white and other migrant groups. See detailed stat by race from 1970 thro 2004 on unmarried childbirths in US.

Birth control revolution that was supposed to prevent unwanted pregnancies and allow peopple freely engage in sex without any fear. Inceasingly sex-driven popular culture and anti-marriage sentiment prevalent in America today has taken any stigma out of free format sexual activity. Growing promiscuity, Cohabitation etc are only making this problem worse. But all of it is not without any consequence as many would like to believe.

The term illegitimate children are no more in use and is considered oppressive. Out of wedlock childbirth is the more trendy usage these days. No matter how well we sugarcoat such bitter social experimentation or legislate new policies by the government, this moral crisis cannot be easily resolved. Personal sexual ethics have a larger social, cultural and political consequences. Unless we address the core moral crisis in America, nothing else we do will matter much! 

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6 Responses to “Illegitimate Children”

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  2. K Ray Says:

    I would love more information on these statistics- I personally think this is a very good way of suming up what needs to be done in our society— please send me more information to my email address. Thank You!!

  3. chris Says:

    I am an out of wedlock child born the 50s: any information about us, I would welcome.
    chris

  4. Ashleigh Says:

    Hello.

    Well, I’m writing a story you see and it’s based in the 50s. Molly Taylor, my main character, gave birth to an illegimate child and because her mother is a HEAVY Catholic, Molly get’s punished by becoming slave for a maddening woman called Ms. Harrington and also her children. A father lives there too.

    Anyways, that’s just the beginning ^^. I could really use your help. I mean, could you give me more details about bastardy in the 50s. Also what would have happened to the mother? Do you know the rates of illegitimacy in the 50s?

    Thanks in advance if you do help.

    Ash.

  5. DONNA MARSHALL Says:

    I WAS BORN IN 1954 UNDER MY UNMARRIED MUMS NAME, SHE THEN MARRIED THE MAN WHO WAS MY FATHER, THEY HAD HAD ANOTHER CHILD IN 1956 WHO THEY HAD HAD ADOPTED, THEN THEY MARRIED AND IN 1959 ADOPTED ME INTO HIS NAME, SINCE THEN I HAVE HAD SEVERAL AUTHORITIES TELL ME MY REAL FATHER WOULD NEVER HAVE ADOPTED ME, PUTTING DOUBTS IN MY MIND. MY PARENTS ARE DEAD SO I CANT ASK, I HAVE FOUND MY ADOPTED SISTER.AND STAY IN TOUCH.I HAVE NOW FOUND A PIECE ION THE NET WHICH SAYS IT WAS POSSIBLE BEFORE 1959 FOR THE NATURAL FATHER TO ADOPT HIS CHILD. DONNA MARSHALL.


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