Christianity/Religion

America's Fertility Rate Plunges (1/8/14)
Plenty of sex around but fewer babies in stable families. From FITSNews: "At a time when the federal government desperately needs future taxpayers, American mothers are cranking out far fewer of them. According to data released last week by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), America's fertility rate has hit a record low for the second straight year - having declined for the fifth straight year...
"[T]he U.S. fertility rate in 2012 was 63 live births per 1,000 women aged 15-44 - down from 2011's record-low rate of 63.2. In 2007, the rate stood at 69.3 live births per 1,000 women aged 15-44 - still well below its peak rate of 122.7 in 1957.
"For those of you keeping score at home, 3,952,841 babies were born in the United States. Of those, 1,609,619 (or 40.7 percent) were born to unmarried mothers. By contrast, in 1980 only 18.4 percent of babies were born out of wedlock."

Majority of Eating Disorder Patients Experience Childhood Sexual Abuse, Trauma
"Remuda Programs for Eating Disorders (www.remudaranch.com), the nation's leading eating disorder treatment center, reports that more than 50 percent of its patients have experienced trauma in their lives. The trauma is usually sexual, physical and emotional abuse.

"'Forty-nine percent of our patients have experienced childhood sexual abuse,' said Amy Spahr, clinical director at Remuda Programs for Eating Disorders. 'This is about 20 percent higher than in the general population. Additionally, in the last five years, 11 percent of adolescent and 20 percent of adult patients were diagnosed with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).'"

Harmful Effects of Early Sexual Activity and Multiple Sexual Partners Among Women: A Book of Charts (6/26/03)
The Heritage Foundation has posted this extensive research documenting the negative effects of promiscuity, based on the National Survey of Family Growth, conducted in 1995 from a nationally representative sample of roughly 10,000 women between the ages of 15 and 44.



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