37% of U.S. births are out-of-wedlock, a number which keeps rising each year. Back in 1970, only 11% of births were out-of-wedlock.
Is the Christian movement responsible for the increase?
But wait a minute, everyone knows that Christians preach abstinence before marriage, so how can Christians be responsible for this?
Once upon a time, the stigma of having a child out-of-wedlock was so powerful that the standard response to an out-of-wedlock pregnancy was a shotgun wedding. But then along came abortion, which offered a superior solution to the problem of an out-of-wedlock pregnancy. The stigma of being an unwed mother is avoided and there's no need for the woman to marry some slimy guy she doesn't really like.
In order to discourage abortions, the Christian movement has actively encouraged women to become unwed mothers rather than to "murder" their unborn babies. Sure, the Christian movement also preaches chastity, but that message doesn't seem to be getting through to lower class women because it's preached with much lower volume than the anti-abortion message.
I think that, if the goal of the Christian movement was to prevent the so-called "murder" of the unborn, their actions backfired. By encouraging women to become unwed mothers rather than to abort, they participated in the destigmatization of unwed motherhood, thus encouraging more premarital sex and more out-of-wedlock pregnancies and more situations for women to have an abortion in the first place.
If Christians really want to prevent abortions, they should stop worrying about abortions and instead make premarital sex their number one focus. Christians need to re-stigmatize unwed motherhood.