Republican Lawmaker Dads: Fatherlessness Is America’s Big Problem

Republican lawmakers released a message ahead of Father’s day this year calling fatherlessness the great crisis in America today.


Reps. Burgess Owens, R-Utah, and Rep. Byron Donalds, R-Fla., wrote the op-ed, which ran in Fox News. From the article:

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There is little doubt that America is experiencing an unprecedented fatherless crisis. Approximately 80% of single-parent homes are led by single mothers; therefore, leading to nearly 25% of our youth growing up without a father in the home. This staggering statistic has not only destroyed the nuclear family but has devastated communities across the nation. For example, 85% of children and teens with behavioral disorders come from fatherless homes, and over 70% of all adolescent patients in drug and alcohol treatment centers originate from homes without fathers.

Fatherlessness has been a major issue in America as divorce and single motherhood have soared in the last few decades. In light of that, the lawmakers also introduced a resolution in Congress “commemorating the essential role of fatherhood.”

“Fatherlessness in the United States has led to a rise in crime, substance abuse, incarceration, decreased social mobility, and economic strains,” Rep. Donalds said. “How we, as fathers, empower, teach, and develop our children plays a direct role in their well-being, mental health, and ability to preserve through adversity. Promoting federal policies which incentivizes two-parent households directly correlates to economic prosperity, academic achievement, and generational advancement. As someone raised in a single-parent household, I understand the integral role a father has in a child’s societal and cultural development—and that’s why I am proud to stand with Rep. Owens in support of this resolution.”

Jack Brewer, a former safety in the NFL and chair of the America First Policy Institute’s Center for Opportunity Now, also co-wrote the op-ed.

The op-ed drew positive feedback online.

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