“For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isa. 9: 6).
According to the Centers for Disease Control, 8.28% of American infants (some 240,000) are born with low birthweight . Over 194,000 are born to teen mothers as young as 15 .
More than 5 in every 1000 will die in infancy – a rate 71% higher than that of other developed nations . Another 862,000 will be aborted before birth .
Approximately 40% of American children are born out of wedlock . 19.7 million (1 in 4) live without a father in the home .
16% of American children live in poverty – 8.8% of white children, 23.7% of Hispanic children, and 30.1% of black children .
At least 678,000 American children will be neglected or abused in the coming year . Another 13,000 can be expected to die of gun violence (some 700 before the age of 11) .
Do we really know the Prince of Peace, if we treat the children entrusted to our care this way?
 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Birthweight and Gestation”, https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/birthweight.htm.
 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “About Teen Pregnancy”, https://www.cdc.gov/teenpregnancy/about/index.htm.
 Macrotrends, “US Infant Mortality Rate 1950-2020”, https://www.macrotrends.net/countries/USA/united-states/infant-mortality-rate.
 Health System Tracker, “What do we know about infant mortality in the US and comparable countries?”, https://www.healthsystemtracker.org/chart-collection/infant-mortality-u-s-compare-countries/.
 Guttmacher Institute, “The US ABortion Rate Continues to Drop: Once Again, State Abortion Restrictions Are Not the Main Driver” by Elizabeth Nash and Joerg Dreweke, 9/18/19, https://www.guttmacher.org/gpr/2019/09/us-abortion-rate-continues-drop-once-again-state-abortion-restrictions-are-not-main.
 Child Trends, “Dramatic increase in the proportion of births outside of marriage in the United States from 1990 to 2016” by Elizabeth Wildsmith et al, 8/8/18, https://www.childtrends.org/publications/dramatic-increase-in-percentage-of-births-outside-marriage-among-whites-hispanics-and-women-with-higher-education-levels.
 National Fatherhood Initiative, “The Proof Is In: Father Absence Harms Children”, https://www.fatherhood.org/father-absence-statistic.
 Children’s Defense Fund, “The State of America’s Children 2020 – An Urgent and Preventable Crisis”, https://www.childrensdefense.org/policy/resources/soac-2020-child-poverty/.
 Administration for Children and Families, “Child abuse, neglect data released”, 1/15/20, https://www.acf.hhs.gov/media/press/2020/child-abuse-neglect-data-released.
 Gun Violence Archive, “Past Summary Ledgers 2014/2015”, https://www.gunviolencearchive.org/past-tolls.
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