Well-Known Scholar Says Planned Births, Not Marriage, Top Priority for Child Well-Being

September 23, 2014 1:52 AM

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Isabel Sawhill, an expert in poverty and fiscal policy, has long championed the idea that couples should marry before having children. As recently as May 2012, she wrote a piece in The Washington Post supporting former Vice President Dan Quayle's remark in 1992 that TV single mom Murphy Brown had dishonored the country by bearing a child.

Even if we believe that more marriage would be helpful to children (as I do), turning the tide here...is likely to be difficult. Reducing fertility, on the other hand, is going with the tide, and has even more potential to improve child well-being.

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