Western culture strikes rock bottom, breaks out dynamite. The very fact it is in the newspaper means it is not widespread. Otherwise it wouldn’t be “news”. People become single parents for any number of reasons, accidental pregnancy, widowed, abandonment, etc. (I don’t count simple divorce as that is volitional. There are quite a few selfish people who will break up their families for their own personal happiness.) However, to choose to be a single parent is just plain stupid given what we know about the dangers to children especially boys, of single parenthood.