The report on the new study discussed in “Lower-income workers deterred from marriage” (Nation, Sept. 11) concluded that those eligible for welfare programs are less likely to marry than those who are better off financially. This is reminiscent of past decades of government welfare policies that provided increased payments to women having another child if the father didn’t live with her. It produced women who were dubbed “Welfare Queens” and had large numbers of children in order to get bigger welfare checks.
While government welfare programs may be deterring marriage for lower-income people, marriage is also declining rapidly among those couples with sufficient resources to marry. Many in our society have lost faith in God, the author of marriage. In past generations, couples married, had children and “lived happily ever after.” Today, couples disdain marriage, choosing instead to cohabitate or “shack up.”
Major contributors to this approach are a decline in the value of children and the sanctity of human life. Fueling that trend is Planned Parenthood’s widespread promotion of premarital sex, contraceptives and abortion. This has resulted in a huge decline in the birth rate, which is currently below the population-replacement rate, mirroring European countries.
Planned Parenthood’s plan results in single-parent households with absent fathers and low incomes. God’s plan results in happy, prosperous families.
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