Authorities Warn of Impending Gibberish Shortage as More and More Single Women Name Their Babies


births-in-maineLEWISTON — Teri Clavet was going to marry her boyfriend, the father of her twins, until he pawned her engagement ring. Game over. She was better off single. Catherine Audet got pregnant by someone she’d dated casually. He wanted an abortion. She said forget it. “There was definitely no marriage talk,” she said. Stephanie Mills found out she was expecting after she and her boyfriend of a year-and-a-half had broken up. Tying the knot came up, fleetingly. The past 10 years have seen Maine join the rest of the country in a trio of trends: Fewer marriages. Fewer births to married couples. More births to single mothers. The number of marriages in Maine is down 10 percent over a decade, married births down 21 percent and births to unwed mothers up 21 percent, according to the Department of Health and Human Services’ Data, Research and Vital Statistics office. (read more at the Lewiston Sun Journal)