In generations past, expectant women might have made a mad dash to the altar, but times have changed so much so that rates of babes born out of the commitment of marriage are at a record high. One report said:

Nearly 40 percent of babies born in the United States in 2007 were delivered by unwed mothers, according to data released last month by the National Center for Health Statistics. The 1.7 million out-of-wedlock births, of 4.3 million total births, marked a more than 25 percent jump from five years before.

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