ABWW Fact of the Day: Birth Rate Falls to 40-Year Low Among Unwed Black Women
The birth rate for unmarried black women, long a focal point in the debate over the causes of poverty among African-Americans, has reached its lowest point in 40 years, Federal health officials said today. ccording to figures compiled by the National Center for Health Statistics, there were 74.4 births per 1,000 unmarried black women in 1996 — the last year for which complete data are available. That rate is significantly below the peak of 90.7 per 1,000 unmarried black women reached in 1989.
Today’s report showed that the out-of-wedlock birth rate has been dropping for all age groups of black women. Demographers and health officials said that some of the possible reasons — an increase in contraceptive use, sex education and efforts by some community groups to encourage abstention — should allow the trend to continue.
”There’s just been no letup, and it’s not been slowing down,” said Stephanie J. Ventura, a demographer with the National Center for Health Statistics who wrote the report. ”And it’s not just for teen-agers. For all black women under 30, the declines have been really big.
The Pew Study looked at Census data of American the birth rate of African American women without a high school diploma has dropped by 17%. This defeats a popular notion that African American women mostly choose to have large broods in order to get welfare and are thus marriageable. This is wonderful, less sisters are bowing to the pressure of having a child without the support of a man. If we are going to be alone it makes much more sense to delay child bearing until we can give that child everything they need.