Reclaim American Fatherhood: Part 3 Outsourcing Fatherhood

Reclaim American Fatherhood: Part 3

Outsourcing Fatherhood

The Twentieth Century witnessed the outsourcing of fatherhood.

In the 1930’s, with Roosevelt’s New Deal, the father’s role as provider was seriously questioned for the first time. But it would not to be the last time. Throw in several decades of welfare programs discouraging the involvement of the father, and you get what you have today. A widespread breakdown of the family.

In fact, you might say that there was a government takeover of fatherhood. And the years that followed have only confirmed this.

For instance, in the late 60’s, Senator Ted Kennedy authored a bill President Johnson signed that gave benefits to unwed mothers. In an effort to somehow be compassionate, babies born out of wedlock would now be viewed as a means to qualify for government handouts. There was essentially only one requirement for those handouts: that the father not live with the mother.

In the 1960’s, the connection between love and marital relations was questioned. This was the beginning of the end for American fatherhood. At least at the societal level.

There ceased to be a connection between love and conjugal relations. As a consequence, the link between love, marital relations, and children was broken.

The sexual revolution was a revolution in the most serious sense. It was a rejection of Christian morality—of an entire way of life. It was a revolution. And like all revolutions, there were casualties. Motherhood was wounded. Fatherhood was all but destroyed.

By the time of the 1970’s, even the father’s biological role was questioned. From a political perspective, the best example is the Roe v. Wade decision. As all of you know, that was the decision legalizing abortion in America.

In the Roe v. Wade decision, Judge Harry Blackmun delivered the opinion of the Court. If you are lucky enough to have never read it, let me fill you in. Blackmun’s opinion was over 15,000 words long. That’s about five college term papers in length. As you can imagine, Blackmun talks about lots of things in that decision. He talks about the alleged history of abortion back to Greek times, he cites some erroneous medical facts, he wanders into areas of sociology and psychology. He makes some truly bizarre comments about ancient religions.

Remember, the point of the case was to determine when and how life begins.

Remember that fact when I make this next comment. In that entire 15,000 word decision, a decision that is supposed to determine when and how human life begins, the concept of fatherhood is almost completely ignored. He mentions the word “father” twice. He says that the Greeks had a notion of a father’s rights regarding his child, and he mentions that Hippocrates was the Father of Medicine.

As far as mentioning “fathers” or “fatherhood,” that’s it.


Mr. Blackmun does mention father’s rights in another place. It appears in a footnote. In fact, it appears in footnote number 67, which is the final footnote in his decision. He writes: “Neither in this opinion nor in Doe v. Bolton…do we discuss the father’s rights, if any exist in the constitutional context, in the abortion decision.”

My friends, that is where our society is right now. Fatherhood is a footnote. Rather than recognizing that fatherhood is instrumental in the very transmission of life, fatherhood is the final footnote.

When we restore Fatherhood, we will Restore Virginia.