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Deborah Gilboa, MD Teen Pregnancy Rate
Thanks to the ready availability of birth control and more frank discussions between adults and teens, the teen pregnancy rate has hit it's lowest point in decades. The numbers on minority groups are even more encouraging.
The birth rate among teenagers in the United States dropped by nearly half from 1991 to 2011, with declines seen among all of the largest population groups, the National Center for Health Statistics reported.
The birth rate for women aged 15-19 years was 31.3 per 1,000 – a record low – in 2011, down just over 49% from the rate of 61.8 per 1,000 teenagers in 1991. Childbearing fell by 50% or more for non-Hispanic white, Hispanic, and American Indian/Alaska native teenagers over that time period, and dropped at least 60% for non-Hispanic black and Asian/Pacific Islander teens, the NCHS said.
Data from the National Vital Statistics System’s Natality Date File, which includes information on all births in the United States, show that a brief increase in births occurred among teenagers aged 15-19 years in 2006 and 2007. Since then, Hispanic teenagers have had the largest decline (34%), followed by non-Hispanic blacks (24%) and non-Hispanic whites (20%).
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