The Truth-O-Meter Says:

"Currently, we're at 36 percent of our children born out of wedlock."

Sam Brownback on Wednesday, September 5th, 2007 in a debate in Durham, N.H.

He's got the right number

Brownback is right when he says 36 percent of children in the United States are born out of wedlock.

The latest data available is from 2005, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control's National Center for Health Statistics.

"The proportion of births to unmarried women increased in 2005 to 36.8 percent, compared with 35.8 percent in 2004," the report stated. "The proportions increased for all population subgroups by race and Hispanic origin."


About this statement:

Published: Monday, September 3rd, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.

Subjects: Families


National Center for Health Statistics. Births: Preliminary Data for 2005.

Written by: Angie Drobnic Holan
Researched by: Angie Drobnic Holan
Edited by: Bill Adair

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