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Now, and I want you to absorb the first part of my next sentence very carefully because it will clue you in to the thin ice on which we seem to have skated and explain any unfortunate future event which may occur in this conversation, but which can be avoided altogether if one is careful.
So as I was saying, being an actual bastard, I find it neither sad nor shocking about the rising rate. Believe it or not, being born out of wedlock has no impact whatsoever on a person. If you met me in real life -- you wouldn't be able to tell me apart from the others!
The biggest problem is not having two incomes. The biggest problem is poverty. Children raised by middle class and upper class single parents suffer no ill-effects, even if they're bastards. Thinking that solving illegitimate births will solve poverty is ridiculous. Giving people jobs, leveling the playing field, and providing social services will help the "underclass."
And I can guarantee that if you look behind the numbers of the rising rates, you will find that the increase correlates with the decrease in access to contraception and abortion. The slashing of funds for reproductive care, and the closing of many, many clinics.
Oh, and as to your comment above which I'll get to later, hospitals do not have to treat anyone here -- only if it is a life-threatening emergency.
Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes
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