Knot Yet

March 15, 2013

Unplanned Pregnancy


By age 25, fully 44% of women have children; 38% are married. Does this datum make you choke on your cornflakes or yawn? This particular nugget is part of a new report--Knot Yet: The Benefits and Costs of Delayed Marriage in America--from the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia, the RELATE Institute, and The National Campaign.

The report has lots to chew on and this space will explore it all in more depth in the days ahead. It has me pondering the following: Recall that the vast majority of unmarried 20-somethings say it's very important to avoid pregnancy right now. Even so, many young adults say they would be at least a little happy if they did get pregnant. As my smart colleague and champion mathlete Kelleen Kaye says: "This leaves young adults occupying a foggy middle ground, somewhere between actively seeking parenthood and actively preventing pregnancy. "

Authored by: Bill Albert

Bill Albert is the Chief Program Officer of The National Campaign. As Chief Program Officer, Bill is responsible for overall program planning and development, and for tracking program progress. In addition, Bill provides oversight to the Campaign’s media outreach and communication strategies, as well as the writing, editing, design, and production of Campaign’s numerous publications and materials. In addition, he oversees the Campaign’s popular, award-winning websites, the National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, the organization’s work with new media, and the Campaign’s marketing efforts.

Before his work with The National Campaign, Bill spent 12 years working in television news, most recently as the Managing Editor at Fox Television News in Washington, DC. His responsibilities included managing the editorial content of two daily news broadcasts, assigning, editing, and writing stories for air, conducting interviews, and overseeing the work of reporters and electronic news gathering crews.

Bill received his degree in Communications at American University and resides in Kensington, Maryland with his wife, Carol. His perfect 21-year-old son, Harrison The Boy Wonder, is a senior at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD to its friends).

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