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A nation without fathers

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles ) | Jun 25, 2003

In 1965 the Moynihan report caused a furor by calling attention to the rate of illegitimacy among black Americans. At the time, about 25% of all black Americans were born out of wedlock.

The latest statistics released by the federal government show that more than one-third of all births in the US last year were to unmarried women.

In 1965, Moynihan declared that family life was disintegrating among America's black citizens. He was right. And now the rest of the country has caught up.

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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  • Posted by: - Jul. 01, 2003 10:39 PM ET USA

    Can one catch up falling down?