Study shows more than 40 percent of Puerto Rican births out of wed-lock
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- More than 40 percent of babies in Puerto
Rico are born to unwed parents, a study by the University of Puerto Rico
Results of the study, published Saturday in El Nuevo Dia newspaper, show
46 percent of the 64,214 births on the island in 1997 were to unmarried
parents, up from 43 percent in 1995.
In 31 percent of the cases in 1995, the parents lived together. In the
12 percent, the mother was the sole head of the household, researchers at
the university's Medical Sciences Campus found.
The rate of births out of wedlock has risen steadily since 1975, when it
stood at 18 percent. In 1980, the rate was 21 percent; in 1985, 28 percent;
and in 1990, 37 percent.
Researchers said of Puerto Rico's 78 municipalities, northeastern Moca
the lowest rate of unwed parents in 1995, 21 percent. The highest, 62
percent, was in southern Santa Isabel.
They also noted that 69 percent of married couples had their babies in
private hospitals, while most unwed mothers gave birth in public hospitals.