What are you talking about? Is that what you’re asking yourself? How could something that could prevent having more children running around actually raise the illegitimacy rate?
The reason is because of what we have to believe about sex in order to permit ourselves to accept abortion. In an article for the Wall Street Journal, John R. Lott Jr explores this in an article entitled It’s Not Enough to be ‘Wanted’
As to the first puzzle, part of the answer lies in attitudes to premarital sex. With abortion seen as a backup, women as well as men became less careful in using contraceptives as well as more likely to have premarital sex. There were more unplanned pregnancies. But legal abortion did not mean every unplanned pregnancy led to abortion. After all, just because abortion is legal, does not mean that the decision is an easy one.
He goes on to say that abortion gave justification to the man in the picture to not stick around. How does that work? Well, if the woman that is bearing the child wanted to, she could get an abortion. However, if she chooses to keep the child, why should he remain in the picture?
And how about abortion’s effect on adoption? Well, if a woman in the past was pregnant and didn’t want the child, she would give it up to adoption. Now, she can abort it– which means that if the woman’s going to go through the pregnancy now, she’s much more likely to keep it.
But all these changes–rising out-of-wedlock births, plummeting adoption rates, and the end of shotgun marriages–meant one thing: more single parent families. With work and other demands on their time, single parents, no matter how “wanted” their child may be, tend to devote less attention to their children than do married couples; after all, it’s difficult for one person to spend as much time with a child as two people can.
So, chalk up another victim for abortion. Not only has it killed the child and wounded the mother, but it has also hurt the children that are born to single parent families by robbing them of a stable home life from which to grow.