Walter Hoye

The “Baby Daddy” Study

In Abortion on April 11, 2011 at 12:25 am

The “Baby Daddy” Study 1

Reconceptualizing Family Instability to Include Measures of Childbearing: The Practical Value of Assessing Multiple Partner Fertility.” — Cassandra J. Dorius, University of Michigan

According to Cassandra Dorius, a Postdoctoral fellow at the University of Michigan’s Population Studies Center and Institute for Social Research, Black women were most likely to have a non-marital birth (62%) followed by Hispanics (32%) and then Whites (25%)2 Additionally, this study also reported that fifty-nine percent (59%) of African-American mothers, thirty-five percent (35%) of Hispanic mothers and twenty-two percent (22%) of white mothers reporting children with more than one father3 Dorius’ study, which was presented at the annual meeting of the Population Association of America (PAA) between 12:30 P.M. and 2:20 P.M., in the “Emerging Family Forms” session on Friday, April 1st, 2011, examined data from nearly 4,000 U.S. women who had been interviewed more than twenty (20) times over a twenty-seven (27) year period. This study goes on to reveal that one (1) in five (5) of all American moms have kids who have different birth fathers. Dorius describes this problem as “pervasive” 4 and that mothers with multiple fathers “are more likely to be under-employed, to have lower incomes, and to be less educated.” 5 Going deeper, Dorius says “certainly we know that women with higher education are delaying both marriage and childbearing for their careers.” 6 Dorius suspects that “women with lower expectations for education and career don’t see that they will be in a significantly different place in ten (10) years, so there’s no reason to wait to have kids.” 7 This is a very interesting study. Dorius’ scholarly work is in draft form and a part of an ongoing project associated with her dissertation. While the writing and core findings of this study were refined and updated prior to being publicly presented at the PAA conference, her work is not for general distribution.

The Population Association of America

“The birth control movement is the only active force in modern life devoted to the achievement of this objective [population control] on the basis of rational self direction, and its limited extension results in the disproportionate increase of those social groups who are least able to support large families in an adequate degree of comfort, and least likely to contribute to the upbuilding and advancement of society by unrestrained increments to the population.” — Henery Pratt Fairchild (August 18th, 1880 - October 2nd, 1956) 8

The Population Association of America is a nonprofit, scientific, professional organization established to promote the improvement, advancement and progress of the human race through research of problems related to human population. Conceived on December 15th, 1930 at a meeting in the office of Henry Pratt Fairchild at New York University, the PAA is a descendant of the American National Committee of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP) which had been formed in 1927. Raymond Pearl of the Johns Hopkins University was the IUSSP’s first President. It is interesting to note that both Fairchild and Pearl were involved with the American Eugenics Society and with Planned Parenthood. From 1929-31 Fairchild was president of the American Eugenics Society, and from 1934-38, president of the Population Association of America. According to the American Sociological Association (ASA), “one of Fairchild’s most famous contributions was the development of the Planned Parenthood of America Federation, called the Birth Control Federation of America until 1942.” 9 Today Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the country, continues to promote and provide birth control with U.S. taxpayer dollars.

Seeing The Impact Of Premarital Sex

“There is none so blind as those who will not see?” — This is an old proverb attributed to the Englishman, John Heywood, in 1546 who, in my opinion, was paraphrasing Jeremiah 5:21, written over 1500 years earlier.

While I am appalled by the racist and eugenic past of Planned Parenthood, I am nevertheless overcome and overwhelmed with concerned for my brothers and sisters10 Regardless of whether Dorius’ dissertation is meritorious or malevolent. Regardless of Planned Parenthood’s maltheistic and misogynistic gospel, which purports that without their birth control services more women will get abortions, the numbers surrounding abortion in Black America reflect the reality that my people are dying11 Solomon says in Proverbs 29:18 (KJV): “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keeps the law, happy is he.” As “Watchmen on the Wall,” do we really need a study assessing the futility of multiple partner fertility or to be reminded of the factual and well documented connection between the Population Association of America and the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, to open our eyes to the impact of premarital sex in our community? I hope not.

As we work together and without compromise, to end abortion, anywhere and everywhere it exists, let us at the same time re-double our commitment to abstinence education. After all, abstinence before marriage is the law of God and “he that keeps the law, happy is he.”

Brothers, we really need to talk.

Reference(s):
01. “‘Baby Daddy’ Study May Draw Unfair Spotlight To Black Women,” by Melanie Eversley, 12:30 PM on 04/01/201 (http://bit.ly/i2zzXF).
02. “Reconceptualizing Family Instability to Include Measures of Childbearing: The Practical Value of Assessing Multiple Partner Fertility,” By Cassandra J. Dorius, University of Michigan (http://bit.ly/e3cRoK)
03. “1 in 5 US moms have kids with multiple dads, study says,” By Linda Carroll, Msnbc.Com Contributor, Updated 4/1/2011 12:33:12 PM ET (http://bit.ly/eakrmb)
04. Ibid.
05. Ibid.
06. Ibid.
07. Ibid.
08. American Sociological Association, Presidents, Henry P. Fairchild (http://bit.ly/g33Yjx)
09. Ibid.
10. Note: According to Juan Williams, “Enough,” “The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements, and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America — and What we Can do About it.” Copyright 2006, p. 216., “In thirty (30) years from 1950 to 1980, households headed by Black women who never married jumped from 3.8 per thousand to 69.7 per thousand. n 1940, seventy-five percent (75%) of Black children lived with both parents. By 1990 only thirty-three percent (33%) of Black children live with a mom and dad — ‘largely a result of marked increases in the number of never-married Black mothers.'”
11. Note: “Abortion rates continue to be highest for women who are: aged 20-24, cohabiting, poor, or non- Hispanic Black. These same groups also have higher rates of unintended births and, in turn, unintended pregnancy (Finer and Henshaw, 2006). The national decline in abortion was observed among most, but not all, groups of women. In particular, abortion rates for poor women, who now make up 42% of abortion patients, increased 18%.” Population Association of America 2011 Annual Meeting Program, Session 93: Abortion I, “Changes in U.S. Abortion Rates by Subgroup, 2000 and 2008”, By Rachel K. Jones, Guttmacher Institute and Megan L. Kavanaugh, Guttmacher Institute (http://bit.ly/g2krK8)

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