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Even Politifact Agrees with Santorum

Mar 3, 2012 by

By Donna Garner –

[3.4.12 — For PolitiFact.com to have to admit begrudgingly that Rick Santorum is right must give these leftwing media types heartburn; but obviously, even they have to agree that Santorum is standing on the facts.

Over 40% of children born in America are indeed born out of wedlock; and guess who gets to pick up the tab – cradle to the grave – for these unwed mothers and their children. You guesed it — those 51% of us hard-working Americans who are “lucky” enough to pay all the federal income taxes so that the other 48% can sit back and let us.

I am thankful that we Republicans have a candidate, Rick Santorum, who is not afraid to tell it like it is.

Until we deal with root causes (teenage sexual activity), not only will the number of out-of-wedlock children continue to increase but the rates of sexually transmitted diseases will continue to skyrocket.

It looks as if “social issues” are indeed tied to “pocketbook issues” after all! — Donna Garner]

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http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2012/feb/24/rick-santorum/rick-santorum-says-over-40-percent-children-are-bo/

 

Excerpts from this article:

 

“Over 40 percent of children born in America are born out of wedlock.”

Rick Santorum on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012 in a Republican presidential debate in Mesa, Ariz.

Rick Santorum says over 40 percent of children are born out of wedlock

 

During the Feb. 22, 2012, presidential debate in Mesa, Ariz., Rick Santorum offered extended comments on “the increasing number of children being born out of wedlock in America” and “teens who are sexually active.”

Santorum said:

 

“What we’re seeing is a problem in our culture with respect to children being raised by children, children being raised out of wedlock, and the impact on society economically, the impact on society with respect to drug use and all — a host of other things when children have children…Two days ago on the front page of the New York Times, they’re talking about the same thing. The bottom line is we have a problem in this country, and the family is fracturing.”

“Over 40 percent of children born in America are born out of wedlock. How can a country survive if children are being raised in homes where it’s so much harder to succeed economically? It’s five times the rate of poverty in single-parent households than it is in two-parent homes. … We hear this all the time, cut spending, limit the government, everything will be fine. No, everything’s not going to be fine.”

 

…Simply put, he’s right.

According to 2009 data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 41 percent of all births were to unmarried women. The percentage has risen steadily since at least 1980, the earliest year for which data was provided in the CDC report. In 1980, it stood at 18.4 percent. By 1990, it was 28.0 percent. And by 2000 it was 33.2 percent.

“It has been increasing over the last 50 years,” said Tom W. Smith, a senior fellow at the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago.

…In 2009, 17 percent of births to Asian-Pacific Islanders were out of wedlock, with non-Hispanic whites at 29 percent, 53 percent for Hispanics, 65 percent for American Indians and Native Alaskans and 73 percent for non-Hispanic blacks…
Meanwhile, within age groups, unmarried births accounted for 87 percent of those to teenagers and 62 percent of births to women age 20 to 24. About 20 percent of births to women age 30 and over were to unmarried mothers.

But there’s been a reduction in unmarried teen births. Unmarried teen births (those to mothers from age 15 to 19) represented 21 percent of all unmarried births, which is far lower than the rate in 1970, which was 49 percent.

Our ruling

Federal data backs up Santorum’s contention that “over 40 percent of children born in America are born out of wedlock.” In fact, the number for 2009, the most recent available, is a record high, based on the data included in the federal report. So we rate the statement True.

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