Breakdown of the Family

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by Paul Brock III  •  •  March 27, 2020   

Contraceptive roots

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The family, as it has been known throughout human history, is no longer recognizable.

The legalization of contraception, abortion, and no-fault divorce during the 20th century has played a pivotal role in the destruction of the family we see today. Likewise, as cohabitation continues its climbing trend, marriage rates will continue to plummet.

For this week's episode of Mic'd Up, Stephen Wynne interviews Fr. Donald Calloway, author of Consecration to St. Joseph: The Wonders of Our Spiritual Father. Father Calloway is known around the world for his conversion to the Catholic Church and his journey to the priesthood.


Margaret Sanger founded America's first birth control center in 1916. That facility eventually grew into Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion provider, which kills more than 300,000 preborn Americans every year.

Sanger and her allies were radically empowered by Protestant capitulation. The Protestant embrace of contraception began in 1930, when the Anglicans approved its use by married couples. Since then, every Protestant denomination has followed suit.

The U.S. Supreme Court approved access to contraception for married couples in its 1965 ruling in Griswold v. Connecticut. It was this case that opened the doors for Roe v. Wade in 1973, which legalized abortion on demand in the United States.

True to Sanger's eugenic roots, U.S. minority populations have been disproportionately targeted by the abortion industry. In 2015, for example, African-Americans made up 13.4% of the population, but accounted for 36% of all abortions. The abortion rate for this demographic has risen to roughly 40% since then.

Meanwhile, U.S. marriage rates have slumped in the wake of the contraceptive revolution. In 2000, the U.S. marriage rate was 8.2 marriages per 1,000 people. By 2018, the rate had plummeted to 6.5 marriages per 1,000 people. As a result, the percentage of children being reared in single-parent households has skyrocketed; today, it's hovering around 35%.

Catholic journalist and author Mary Eberstadt sums up the progressive collapse of the American family, writing, "No single event since Eve took the apple has been as consequential for relationships between the sexes as the arrival of modern contraception."

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