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Teen Pregnancy: What Parents Need To Know

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teen-pregnancyEach year in the United States, approximately 750,000 teenage girls become pregnant.  This alarming trend has caused concerned parents to ask questions and become educated on the facts that surround teenage pregnancy and how these facts can influence change in teen behavior for males and females. 

In 2006, the Guttmacher Institute provided an update on the U.S. Teenage Pregnancy Statistics: National and State Trends and Trends by Race and Ethnicity.  This data fill report presents information that parents, educators and youth leaders across the United States need to read and compare to the new trends that follow.

1990-2002 Teen Pregnancy Statistics

The teenage pregnancy rate among those who ever had intercourse declined 28% between
1990 and 2002.
• The teenage birthrate in 2002 was 30% lower than the peak rate of 61.8 births per 1,000
women, reached in 1991.
• Between 1988 and 2000, teenage pregnancy rates declined in every state and in the
District of Columbia.
• By 2002, the teenage abortion rate had dropped by 50% from its peak in 1988.
• From 1986 to 2002, the proportion of teenage pregnancies ending in abortion declined
more than one-quarter from 46% to 34% of pregnancies among 15–19-year-olds.
• Among black women aged 15–19, the nationwide pregnancy rate fell by 40% between
1990 and 2002.
• Among white teenagers, it declined by 34% during the same time period.
• Among Hispanic teenagers, who may be of any race, the pregnancy rate increased
slightly from 1991–1992, but by 2002 was 19% lower than the 1990 rate.

New Teen Pregnancy Trends

Although the national trend for teen pregnancy has dropped over the two decades, in 2006, the National Center for Health Statistics released a report that showed a 3% increase in the birth rate of teen mothers.  The percentage jumped from 40.5 out of 1000 female teens in 2005 to almost 42 in 2006.  Although the numbers are not big, the trend is significant due to the fact that the annual teen pregnancy cost American taxpayers over $9 billion per year!

These are the facts.  For more information on what parents can do, go to: Teen Pregnancy: What Parents Can Do.

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