Marriage, parenthood, and public policy

More moms stay home with their children

The complex risks associated with cohabitation

    Family Studies: “In my first piece on Arielle Kuperberg’s study on cohabitation that got so much media attention, I focused on broad conceptual issues. In this piece, I am going to focus on more technical matters. While I remain impressed with aspects of Kuperberg’s study, I have concerns about some of the conclusions that can be drawn from the work. To recap, she showed that some of the risk of cohabiting is related to the age at which partners move in together, with those beginning to cohabit at a young age (just like those marrying at a young age) being at a higher risk for divorcing the partner with whom they cohabited prior to marriage. That’s an important finding, but I do not believe that it explains everything that is associated with risk in some patterns of relationship development that are associated with cohabitation before marriage.”

  • Posted: 04/03/2014
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W. Bradford Wilcox: Why are families getting poorer when women’s wages are rising?

    W. Bradford Wilcox at The Atlantic: “What gives? What accounts for the paradox that women’s income is rising across the board yet family income is falling for the bottom 40 percent of families? Mainly, to paraphrase Hanna Rosin, the end of marriage and men in working-class and poor communities across the nation, coupled with the fact that maternal labor-force participation has plateaued since the 1990s. That is, a dramatic retreat from marriage, declines in men’s employment and income, and a leveling off of maternal labor-force participation have all combined to limit the income available to lower-income families, and to offset the increases in women’s income documented in this new report.”

  • Posted: 04/01/2014
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Here’s the “missing” evidence for South Dakota’s sex-selective abortion ban

Evaluating faith-based prisons: a new study

Study: Divorce has risen to record highs

New, critical conversation brewing on birth-control usage in the US | National Catholic Register

The rich-poor marriage gap in Canada

Centralizing organ removal may benefit transplants

Study: Co-location does not harm traditional public schools

Kay Hymowitz: As nonmarital births rise, women becoming more likely to plan pregnancies

    Kay Hymowitz at Family Studies: “Liberals presume structural forces—poverty, a dearth of marriageable men, and limited access to contraception and abortion—explain the rise in unmarried childbearing of the past half-century. These factors matter, but only up to a point. There’s no way to understand what’s happened to the family without looking at cultural changes as well. A growing number of Americans view having a child and getting married as two entirely unrelated life choices. We shouldn’t be surprised to find that people actually act on their beliefs.”

  • Posted: 02/24/2014
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In-vitro pregnancies in U.S. hit a record high in 2012

How marital history, not just marital status, affects your health

    Laurie DeRose at Family Studies: “The life course perspective that he takes uncovers more subtle differences than the well-known facts that single mothers face disadvantages and that cohabitation does not carry all the benefits of marriage. For instance, Barban found that early childbearing and early cohabitation are associated with poorer self-reported health, more depression, and more risk behaviors (drinking and smoking), but early marriage is not. Also, short cohabitations followed by marriage do not seem to compromise health, but long-term cohabitations as well as repeated cohabitations do. More generally, lots of family transitions are bad for health, but with an important exception: normative transitions in a traditional sequence enhance health status.”

  • Posted: 02/13/2014
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The rise of cohabitation

The negative effects of absent fathers

    Anna Sutherland at Family Studies: “Growing up without a father—whether that’s due to divorce, a nonmarital birth, or a father’s death—is associated with a host of negative effects. But given that children from low-income families, for instance, are more likely to live apart from their father in the first place, it can be hard to tell to what extent an absent father causes the problems that father absence is associated with, and to what extent other factors related to both family structure and child outcomes (like household income) are to blame.”

  • Posted: 02/04/2014
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Study: “Steroid use much higher among gay and bi teen boys”

Guttmacher report: US abortion rate at lowest since 1973

Charter High Schools’ Effects on Educational Attainment and Earnings | Mathematica Policy Research

Harvard study: Family is most important factor in social mobility

Guttmacher study shows pro-life success in swing states

    Michael New at NRO: “Earlier this month, the Guttmacher Institute released their 2013 state-policy review. The report indicates that pro-lifers continue to make very good legislative progress at the state level. In 2013, 70 state-level pro-life measures were enacted — making 2013 the second most productive year on record. The report specifically cites Texas, North Dakota, North Carolina, and Arkansas as being especially active in passing pro-life laws. Overall, according to Guttmacher, there have been more pro-life laws passed between 2011 and 2013 than in the entire previous decade.”

  • Posted: 01/21/2014
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Study: Charter schools raise nearby home values by thousands of dollars

Pew Research: Religious hostilities reach six-year high

One-quarter of all women seeking an abortion were abused, new study finds

25% of Women Getting Abortions Faced Physical, Sexual or Emotional Abuse Beforehand

Indian Journal of Cancer: Birth-control pill and abortion spike breast-cancer risk

Marriage may not be silver bullet for poverty, study says

A brief article on homosexual parenting

“Scientific Groupthink and Gay Parenting”

Fatherlessness Harms the Brain, Neurobiologists Find

Religious Freedom Highly Restricted for 75% of World’s Population

Growing up without a father transforms children’s brains: Study

Cohabitation’s Mixed Effects on Long-Term Unions

Abortion Advocates Intimidate Witnesses and Cover Up Contraception Scandal

Study: Youth More Likely To Be Bullied At Schools With Anti-Bullying Programs

‘Memories’ pass between generations

The hardwired difference between male and female brains could explain why men are ‘better at map reading’

    The Independent: A pioneering study has shown for the first time that the brains of men and women are wired up differently which could explain some of the stereotypical differences in male and female behaviour, scientists have said . . . “These maps show us a stark difference – and complementarity – in the architecture of the human brain that helps to provide a potential neural basis as to why men excel at certain tasks, and women at others,” said Ragini Verma, professor of radiology at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

  • Posted: 12/03/2013
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Study: Men With Attractive Wives More Satisfied In Marriage

“U-M study: Bans on same-sex marriage and adoption negatively affect self-esteem of gay men”

42 % Of “in Vitro” Conceived Children Develop Cancer, Reveals A Study By The University Of Lund

The Teenage Brain on Porn | ABC video

Marriage Makes Our Children Richer—Here’s Why | W. Bradford Wilcox

Same-Sex Parenting: Reading Past the Headlines

Study Shows Alternate Lifestyles Put Kids at Disadvantage

Not All Marriages Are Created Equal

A Married Mom and Dad Really Do Matter: New Evidence from Canada | Mark Regnerus at Public Discourse

Yet Another New Study: Children with Same-Sex Parents Fare Worse

“Study: 22,286 Texas women could be denied abortions”

Stem cells: Living adult tissue transformed back into embryo state

Cohabiting mothers at greater risk financially, UVa research finds | Daily Progress

Is marriage becoming a status symbol in America?

One-third of women conceive naturally after IVF

73 Studies Have Examined Abortion and Breast Cancer, 53 Show Higher Risk

Harvard Study: Military Should Embrace Openly Transgendered Troops

Now That We’re All Haters… | Brian Brown at Public Discourse

Study Shows Highest-Ever Abortion-Breast Cancer Risk for Women

    LifeNews: A Bangladesh study published in the Journal of Dhaka Medical College on risk factors for breast cancer, led by Dr. Suraiya Jabeen, found a statistically significant 20.62-fold increased risk among women with abortion histories . . . abeen S, et al. Breast cancer and some epidemiological factors: A hospital based study. Journal of Dhaka Medical College 2013;22(1):61-66. Available at: .

  • Posted: 08/14/2013
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$2M NIH Grant to Study Effect of Cultural Stigma on Chinese Homosexual Men

The more siblings, the longer your marriage will last

School choice expands in the states

Marriage is Alive And Well – For Some

Globalization Leading to More Restrictions on Religion?

American women who attend religious services have the largest families, study finds

New meta-analysis of post-abortive women and mental illness bolsters case for post-abortion syndrome

What Helps Poor Kids Move Upwards? Religion and Marriage | Maggie Gallagher at NRO

Marriage Rate Lowest in a Century | Science Daily

Researchers Acknowledge Abortion-Preterm Birth Link

“Devout Catholics Have Better Sex, Study Says”

Marriage May Calm a Criminal Impulse in Men

Williams Institute Study: “Same-Sex Couples Make Great Parents” | Think Progress

Abortion and preterm births studied

“America’s Change of Mind on Same-Sex Marriage and LGBTQ Rights” | Barna Group

New study sheds light on why Republicans won’t call themselves Republican