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U.S. Out-of-Wedlock Births Hit All-Time High

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U.S. Out-of-Wedlock Births Hit All-Time High

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U.S. Out-of-Wedlock Births Hit All-Time High

U.S. Out-of-Wedlock Births Hit All-Time High

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The number of out-of-wedlock births in the United States has hit an all-time high. There has been a dramatic increase in the number of unmarried mothers in their twenties.

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

Here's another story we're following this morning. The number of out of wedlock births has hit an all-time high. Not because of school age girls. In fact, government figures showed the birthrate for girls under 17 actually went down to its lowest level on record. But there's been a dramatic increase in the number of unmarried mothers in there twenties. Experts believe the overall rise reflects the increase in the number of people who put off marriage or live together without being married.

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