Day By Day© by Chris Muir.

Saturday, June 11, 2005

I'm baaack and blogging, this time about Britain's unwed mother epidemic

Just returned from a trip to Yosemite, which, thanks to an unusually wet and long-lasting winter, is awash in water falls. My son and I hiked up to a waterfall. As someone who is not in very good shape, I can tell you that I feel pretty darn proud of myself for having climbed the 1000 or so stairs up there. I'm even more proud of my son, though, who just turned six and made the same climb so fast I could barely keep up with him! I came back from this trip and discovered that, in my absence, the mainstream press had picked up on an amazing story about a British dole (read "welfare") family. The family, headed by an unwed mother, consists of three girls, 12, 14 and 16, all with different fathers. Within one year, all three had babies, one by her 14 year old boyfriend, one by a one night stand, and one via her long term relationship with a 38 year old gambler. Charlotte Allen, at the Independent Women's Forum, has picked up on this story, commented on it herself, and linked to other blogs that have discussed it as well. Everything I could add would merely be cumulative. Just to pique your interest, though, here's a sample of this fascinating post:

McQueen blames the mess on the U.K. Labor government’s lethal combination of cradle-to-grave socialism and laissez-faire social morality, which deems it politically incorrect even to blink at the idea of an 11-year-old having sex or a 38-year-old impregnating a 16-year-old and not being sent to prison. McQueen writes: "The British National Health hospitals, where most British mothers give birth, now instructs its doctors and nurses to enquire about the mother’s ’partner’ rather than her husband. One can’t be judgmental, after all, and, with 49 percent of British births now being outside marriage, they’re not too far off. (This is in the context of a new, intrusive Labour government directive which requires OB-GYN staff to ask the mother if her ’partner’ has ever engaged in physical abuse. This impertinence alone is a towering argument against socialized medicine.)