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To Achieve Success, Millennials Need Support, Not Contraception

I thought about Brittany, a regular writer at a site I founded, I Believe in Love (iBiL), when I read family law professors June Carbone and Naomi Cahn’s recent response to the IFS and AEI report, The Millennial Success Sequence. In their post, Carbone and Cahn make a sensible suggestion that “men and women…delay family formation until they reach emotional maturity and financial independence,” because “adult commitments rest on flexibility and trust,” with one of the greatest of those responsibilities being childbearing. But their claim that contraception is “the most effective weapon in our arsenal for strengthening family stability” fails to consider the role that contraception and nonmarital sex have played in inhibiting the development of emotional maturity, flexibility, and relational trust among Millennials. Read More

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