Premarital Sex is not just the wrong thing to do.
It's an Epidemic - that is killing and destroying the lives of too many Black & Hispanic Women and Girls and Children!
Please help promote Abstinence especially to Black and Hispanic women and girls in the United States and world-wide.
Black Women and Girls:
HIV/AIDS related illness is now the leading cause of death among Black women ages 25-34 and Black women account for approximately 70% of new cases of HIV in the U.S. Also, 72% of Black children are born outside of marriage and being raised in single parent homes headed mostly by their mothers (and no father). Therefore, if we lose Black women to sexually transmitted diseases, a large percentage of Black children will have no parent they can depend on or who will want to raise them.
From the end of slavery until 1920 the Black out-of-wedlock birth ratio was about 10 percent. From 1920 until 1960 this ratio went up to 20 percent. In 1970, the ratio was at 38 percent. In 1980, it was 55 percent. In 1990, it was 67. It is now 72 percent and still expected to increase.
Hispanic Women and Girls:
Hispanic women account for approximately 20% of all women living with HIV in the U.S. Also, 53% of Hispanic children are born outside of marriage and being raised in single parent homes headed mostly by their mothers (and no father). Therefore, if we lose Hispanic women to sexually transmitted diseases, a large percentage of Hispanic children will have no parent they can depend on or who will want to raise them.
All Women and Girls
Women and girls (Black, Hispanic, Caucasian and of all ethnic groups) who give birth outside of marriage tend to be more disadvantaged than their married counterparts, both before and after the birth. Unmarried mothers generally have lower incomes, lower education levels, and are more likely to be dependent on welfare assistance compared with married mothers. Women who have a nonmarital birth also tend to fare worse than childless single women; and they have reduced marriage prospects compared with single women without children.
What happens to children born to unmarried mothers
Children born to unmarried mothers are more likely to:
- grow up in a single-parent household
- experience instability in living arrangements
- live in poverty
- have socio-emotional problems.
Also, as these children reach adolescence, they are more likely to:
- have low educational attainment
- engage in sex at a younger age
- have children outside of marriage.
As young adults, children born outside of marriage are more likely to:
- be idle (neither in school nor employed)
- have lower occupational status and income
- have more troubled marriages and more divorces than those born to married parents.