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Survey: Rate of babes born by unmarried moms in Western Countries [Copy link] 中文

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The trend in unmarried childbearing was fairly stable from the mid-1990s to 2002, but has shown a steep increase between 2002 and 2007. Between 1980 and 2007, the proportion of births to unmarried women in the United States has more than doubled, from 18 percent to 40 percent.

Iceland (66 percent), Sweden (55 percent), Norway (54 percent), France (50 percent), Denmark (46 percent) and the United Kingdom (44 percent) all have higher proportions of births to unmarried mothers than the United States.  Ireland (33 percent), Germany and Canada (30 percent), Spain (28 percent), Italy (21 percent) and Japan (2 percent) have lower percentages than the United States.

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Post time 2010-7-12 20:03:58 |Display all floors
Hmm, alreay two of your threads have been deleted........how long will this one take^^
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Also interesting:


Unmarried Rural Migrant Women as Single Moms
   A great proportion of unmarried single moms are female migrant workers.  According to a report on migrant women in Lanzhou conducted by the Evening News Newspaper in Lanzhou early this year, unmarried women account for 60 percent of the female migrant workers in the city. Only 40 percent of these female migrant workers are married. Unmarried rural girls who have migrated to the city to seek a better life are easy prey for some unscrupulous city men. The reporter interviewed an 18 year old young single mother, Yang Hua, who was from rural Tianshui, Gansu Province, and was nicknamed "Fair- Skinned Baby" by her fellow workers. When interviewed by the reporter, she sobbed and was unable to speak. The reporter heard from her fellow-villager Xiao Wang that she had a one -year- old daughter fathered by a southern man. A month ago, he went on a business trip and had never returned. According to Xiao Wang, the man was 13 years older than Yang Hua. He began chasing her the moment he saw her. Yang Hua finally gave in to his persistent courtship and lived with him for two months after they first met. Yang Hua still knew little about the man she was living with. Early last year, their child was born,and they were not married.  Yang Hua's parents cautioned her to register for a marriage license, but the man had been evading it. Yang Hua realized that she had been tricked, but it was too late. However, she still hoped that the father of her daughter would come back to her and her daughter someday.  Yang Hua's experience is one example of the mishaps that a migrant woman might encounter in the city. A growing number of unmarried migrant women have given birth to babies in recent years. The head of a private hospital told the reporter that more than half of the patients who came in for an abortion are unwed young migrant women. These young and inexperienced female migrant workers know little about birth control. They often resort to illegal clinics for abortion or buy drugs to induce an abortion on their own once they find out they are pregnant. This made them especially vulnerable to gynecological infections. But some chose to raise their babies like Yang Hua did.  Experts caution that young rural girls need to learn how to protect themselves both from unscrupulous city men as well as from unwanted pregnancies.  Unmarried Urban Career Women as Single Moms  In recent years, a growing number of urban women marry late or remain single. The majority of these women have careers. They are often dubbed white-collar workers.  A busy work schedule, heavy workload, high work demands and little opportunities to socialize with people out of their work circles are all contributing factors for their unmarried status. For those who find it hard to find their Mr. Right and yet want to have children, they resort to having babies out of wedlock.  One female claims that she has given up hopes for marriage and has decided to be a single mother. "In fact," she said, "being a single mother is no different from having a baby in marriage, because the husband rarely takes responsibility for childcare anyways."  In traditional Chinese society, having a child out of wedlock was a social shame. In 2002, Jilin Provincial People's Congress passed a regional law, stipulating that single women are entitled to motherhood with the assistance of medical technology. Under the law, women who have reached marriageable age but choose to remain single can have a baby with the help of medical technology.  This law gave rise to much debate within the nation. Sociologists and experts were divided on whether the law was suitable. In the end, the Ministry of Health stepped in and banned all medical sectors from providing in vitro fertilization (IVF) services to single women.  Although the law prohibits medically assisted pregnancy, some women, who are afraid of marriage, seek other ways to have babies on their own. Some even look for strangers to father their child.  Calls for Attention to Social Responsibilities  Chinese marriage laws do not prevent unmarried women from having babies. The Population and Family Planning Law stipulates that children of unmarried women are to have the same rights and enjoy the same treatment as children of married women.  Sociologists are deeply concerned by the phenomenon of unmarried women giving birth to babies, saying that this trend may not only harm women's health, but also degenerate society’s moral values. "Unmarried women have the right to have babies," said Xia Xueluan, a sociology professor at Beijing University, "but if more women choose to be single mothers, the number of single men will also increase, which may turn into a serious social problem."  Experts suggest that women should think twice before making the decision to become a single mother. They warn that children born to single mothers tend to experience more psychological problems as they grow up. "Economic and social pressures might force some single mothers to give up their children for adoption. We don't want to see this happen," said Xia.
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Post time 2010-7-12 20:05:29 |Display all floors
By the way, especially in the Scandinavian countries this is a sign for the new independence of women...they don`t need a "husband" to take care of them....they are able to do that alone. Another reason is that living together as a family without a marriage certificate is more and more common. Who cares.....only Christian fundamentalist would care about not being married and having a child and its "immorality"....are you a Christian fundamentalist, ilea?^^
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Post time 2010-7-12 20:09:02 |Display all floors
Fortunately, most of Chinese babes all know who are their biological parents. They enjoy the caring of both responsible parents.  

Marriage is highly respected and sacred to Chinese people.  I feel for those wretched Western bastards.

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Post time 2010-7-12 20:11:51 |Display all floors
Originally posted by ilearnabc at 2010-7-12 20:09
Fortunately, most of Chinese babes all know who are their biological parents. They enjoy the caring of both responsible parents.  

Marriage is highly respected and sacred to Chinese people.  I f ...



One nice article about that in the filter....especially among young rural female migrant workers (most of them unmarried) the rate of child born out of wedlock rises^^
And don`t forget....the number of abortions young girls undergo here in China. Horrible.....
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Originally posted by Alex2010 at 2010-7-12 20:03
Hmm, alreay two of your threads have been deleted........how long will this one take^^





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