The dilemma is that Christianity is a religion that begins with a pregnant unmarried woman. We honor pregnancy and childbirth and try to help unwed mothers so that they will not abort their babies.
But we also know that children of unwed mothers are significantly more likely to commit crimes. That's bad for society. Doug Ross has a great discussion of this on his blog and included this chart:
Our government wants to provide more support for unwed mothers in raising their children. That's good for society.
But we also know that increasing support for unwed mothers increases the number the children born our of wedlock. And decreasing support for unwed mothers decreases the number of children born out of wedlock.
What's a compassionate conservative Christian to think?
Is it possible that we need to go back to orphanages? Is it possible that the children of unwed mothers do better in that environment than in multi-generational public supported single mother households?