I recently saw these alarming facts about my community:
Of the 640 live births in Danville in 2009, almost two-thirds — 417 — were to unmarried women.
Of the 417 live births to single women, 109 were to teens — 29 to teens who were 15-17 years of age, and 80 to teens who were 18 or 19 years old.
In Pittsylvania County 42 percent of the live births were to unmarried women (241 of 574).
Of the 241 live births to single women, 98 were to teens — one to a girl under the age of 15, 29 to teens who were 15-17 years of age, and 68 to teens who were 18 or 19 years old.
A shocking 39.4 percent of girls in Danville aged 15-17 gave birth as did 12.1 percent of the girls in Pittsylvania County aged 15-17.
35 percent of births are to mothers with less than a 12th-grade education — and 58 percent of all children are living in poverty.
Heaven help us.