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U.S. teen birth rate drops to a record low
April 10th, 2012
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U.S. teen birth rate drops to a record low

The teenage birth rate in the United States has fallen to a record low in the seven decades since such statistics were last collected.

A report released Tuesday by the National Center for Health Statistics showed the teenage birth rate for American teenagers fell 9% from 2009 to 2010. The national level, 34.3 teenage births per 1,000 women between the ages of 15-19, is the lowest since 1946.

The rates dropped across all racial and ethnic groups, and nearly all states. Experts suggested that the numbers may mean more teens are delaying sex or using contraception, representing gains for both abstinence-only and contraceptive education programs.

Teenage pregnancy is linked with several health and social issues such as poverty, out-of-wedlock births and education, as well as developmental issues, welfare and physical and mental health issues for the child.

“This nation has made truly extraordinary progress in reducing both rates of teen pregnancies and teen births,” said Bill Albert, the chief program officer for The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. “It is not a stretch to say that this is one of the nation’s great success stories of the past decades.”

Babies born to teens between 15 to 19 numbered 367,752 in 2010, compared with 409,802 in 2009.

Birth rates peaked most recently in 1991. The teen birth rate that year was 61.8 live births for each 1,000 women. Had that rate persisted, there would have been about 3.4 million additional births to teenagers from 1992 to 2010.

The data from the report, which was derived from birth certificates, doesn't pinpoint why the teenage birth rate has decreased over the last few decades, said Brody Hamilton, an author of the report and a statistician at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“With teens, there are a lot of factors,” he said. “The economy is cited for overall downturn in the number of births. With teens, there are public policy programs directly addressing this teen pregnancy issue. It’s a mixture of things involved. We cannot tease that out with the data set that we have.”

A report released last year found that the rate of teenagers having sex decreased slightly, following an overall trend of decline in teenage sex in the last 20 years. Recent data has found increased use of contraception, such as condoms and hormonal birth control.

“These trends may have contributed to the recent birth rate declines,” wrote Hamilton and a co-author.

The short answer is that teens appear to be delaying sex or using contraception.

Despite the gains in teen pregnancy prevention, the U.S. still lags behind other industrialized countries. For example, Lithuania (17 per 1,000), Poland (16) and Canada (14) have lower teen pregnancy births than the United States, according to the UN Demographic Yearbook.

“It’s still the case that the U.S. is an outlier when it comes to teen pregnancy,” Albert said.

The teen birth rates also vary widely by race in the United States. Hispanics have the highest teenage birth rates at 55.7 births per 1,000, and black teenagers have the second highest with 51.5. Asians have the lowest teenage birth rate with 10.9.

Movies and TV shows about teen pregnancy, such as MTV’s “Teen Mom” and “16 and Pregnant” has spread awareness about the issue, Albert said. A national survey of teenagers asked whether the shows glamorized teen pregnancies and the majority reported that it had the opposite effect.

And over the years, controversy has ensued between those who advocate abstinence-only programs and supporters who want more contraception education.

“Over the past decade in particular, there has been a growing number of sex education programs that have been carefully evaluated and have shown it can change teen behavior, get them to delay sex or use contraceptives.” Albert said.

The lower teenage birth rate is a duel victory for both sides, he said, because sex education varies so much from one community to another.

“It’s a combination of less sex and more contraception. Both sides should declare victory,” Albert said. “I would resist the temptation for a magic bullet to explain the declines in teen pregnancies. I suspect it’s a rich brew of reasons why the rates are going down.”


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  1. Rob

    I'm curious how many teenage abortions happened this year. I'm not 100% convinced that teenage pregnancy is down due to increased protection or abstinence.

    April 10, 2012 at 06:53 | Report abuse | Reply
    • M Trivette

      Decline in U.S. abortion rate stalls
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      The rate at which women are getting abortions and the total number of procedures being performed in the United States, both of which had been falling steadily for nearly two decades, appear to have hit a plateau, according to an authoritative survey released Tuesday.

      April 10, 2012 at 07:19 | Report abuse |
    • GrantinVA

      None of the numbers cited stated that teen pregnancy had dropped – the article was about teen *birth* rates. Please pay attention.

      April 10, 2012 at 08:21 | Report abuse |
    • flame much?

      I think Rob's question is a good one, and an indication that he IS paying attention. Do you have to be mean Grantin?

      April 10, 2012 at 08:37 | Report abuse |
    • peter

      God, how stupid are you. You can thank planned parenthood and sex education and schools for these statistics, in spite of ultra Right wing nuts Conservative idiotic tricks and deceit

      April 10, 2012 at 09:03 | Report abuse |
    • bmerbob

      “This nation has made truly extraordinary progress in reducing both rates of teen pregnancies and teen births,” said Bill Albert, the chief program officer for The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.

      Seems the article addresses both.

      April 10, 2012 at 09:26 | Report abuse |
    • PublicHealthOff

      When I supervised school health nurses, I was shocked to learn that middle school students (ages 12 or 13 upward), were engaging in oral sex. This trend over a decade ago to avoid intercourse and opt for oral sex allowed students to avoid pregnancy and (although erroneous in regards to HIV and STDs) have safer sex. I believe, although it is difficult to conduct studies in schools, that the lower teenage pregnancy rates are a result of this trend.

      April 10, 2012 at 09:44 | Report abuse |
    • madisoncnn

      Hi, Rob. Thanks for your question. This is what Mr. Albert said regarding the abortion question. "For those who might wonder, if teen birth rates are going down because abortion is up - there are fewer teen births because fewer teens are getting pregnant in the first place."

      April 10, 2012 at 09:48 | Report abuse |
    • loriey

      Teens don't think about the possible outcome when they are "in love" & having sex. Normally after the birth of the baby, it's the girl who cares for the baby & misses out on a normal teenage life of education & social life. The boy is off living his life. most times the boy isn't around after the baby is born either. The boys parent may or may not be involved to some extent. in the life of their grandchild.
      Teens think like some adult women, having sex with the guy will keep him around. On some levels that is true, yet when a pregnancy occurs, both the teen or adult man are shocked & dismayed that a pregnancy occured & they are about to become a parent & responsible for a soon to be baby.
      It is an extremely difficult decision to make for the teen mother,to keep the child, adopt it out, or sadly choose & abortion as the teen girl is not at all prepared.
      After working for CPS for several years, I have seen every side of the coin possible. At times children of teen or adult women with children born out of wedlock are being raised by an uneducated young mother, grandparent, in foster care, or in an abusive home as the female goes on to have other children by someone else & the child isn't wanted by the new boy/man in her life.
      Children in foster care are often switched from foster home to foster home. Their "parent" won't sign the legal papers to let them be adopted to a caring home. Sadly, these kids stay in state care until age 18. If they are luck they will remain in the same foster home til they are 18.
      Teen Mom does show what can happen in the girls' life once she becomes pregnant at a young age. Hopefully the teen girls are learning the baby is NOT a doll that can be placed down & forgotten. It mean 24/7 care & missing out on all the fun they once had as a teen without responsibility of a baby while the boy is off at Basketball/Baseball practice etc.
      I still see many young teens & girls in their early 20's coming in to Social Services & CPS with babies, don't know how true the statistics are. Yes, ALL colors come in..white/hispanic/black...I see very little difference in the amount of babies they have.

      April 10, 2012 at 09:53 | Report abuse |
    • cw

      Rob, You do realize that there are fewer abortions today than ever, right?

      April 10, 2012 at 10:04 | Report abuse |
    • David Claytor

      Abortion is the only reason there is such a gap between conservative leaning states and liberal leaning states;
      Fortunately (or unfortunately dependent on your views) their are some whose conscience will not allow them to abort the most sacred gift we have...human life (even in the womb where life is conceived).

      April 10, 2012 at 10:11 | Report abuse |
    • Jared

      You may be right. UNICEF has the most recent statistics of teem pregnancy in the US at 22%.
      http://www.nationmaster.com/graph/hea_tee_pre_sha-health-teenage-pregnancy-share

      April 10, 2012 at 10:45 | Report abuse |
    • Andy

      I'm pretty sure there's this thing called "the internet" where you can look the answers to such questions. You only need 2 things:

      1. A computer, which you already have.
      2. A brain, which you obviously...

      April 10, 2012 at 11:01 | Report abuse |
    • loverpoint

      What about illegal teens? I see 20 year old Mexican girls with 2-4 kids. I guess Anchor babies aren't part of the statistic.

      April 10, 2012 at 11:04 | Report abuse |
  2. KB

    Glad to see it dropped, but 34 teens getting pregnant per every 1000 women still is too high, especially in the 21st century.

    April 10, 2012 at 06:53 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Sybaris

      Still too high a percentage?

      I think it's about right

      You have to consider that there will always be a segment of the population with one foot in the trailer park.

      April 10, 2012 at 08:34 | Report abuse |
    • rates

      As the article indicates, we are still an outlier – about double what Lithuania and Poland experience.

      April 10, 2012 at 08:38 | Report abuse |
    • wassup

      Probably the key issue here is the racial distribution. It seems the Hispanics and Blacks are lagging behind and it begs the question as to just why this is so.

      April 10, 2012 at 08:42 | Report abuse |
    • Valentijn

      It's 5 per 1000 here in the Netherlands, and that's also taking miscarriage and abortion into account. And that's with a widespread lack of conservative values, so I'd put my money on it being attributable to education and access to birth control, not abstinence.

      April 10, 2012 at 08:45 | Report abuse |
    • pofo

      3.4% is pretty dang low

      April 10, 2012 at 09:12 | Report abuse |
    • Retired Army

      @ wassup......Blacks and Latinos lag behind due to less access to contraceptives AND sex education.

      This.....dispite Planned Parenthood clinics being in most urban centers.

      But with Planned Parenthood being under GOP/onservative attack.........

      April 10, 2012 at 09:22 | Report abuse |
    • David Claytor

      @Sybaris don't forget about the segment of the population with one foot in a strangers bedroom and another foot in the abortion clinic.

      April 10, 2012 at 10:13 | Report abuse |
    • mfx3

      It's lower than the year 1092, at which time the teen birth rate was 2 in 3.

      April 10, 2012 at 10:26 | Report abuse |
    • Nageswaran

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      October 13, 2012 at 23:43 | Report abuse |
  3. joesix

    We did it!

    April 10, 2012 at 06:57 | Report abuse | Reply
    • David Claytor

      How many babies did you slaughter in the process?

      April 10, 2012 at 10:26 | Report abuse |
  4. Observer

    Well, since birth rates are down -- take away birth control (republicans won't have the kids to fight their wars in 18 years).

    April 10, 2012 at 07:06 | Report abuse | Reply
    • M Trivette

      Birth rates does not equal pregnancy rates. Read-Decline in U.S. abortion rate stalls
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      The rate at which women are getting abortions and the total number of procedures being performed in the United States, both of which had been falling steadily for nearly two decades, appear to have hit a plateau, according to an authoritative survey released Tuesday.

      April 10, 2012 at 07:21 | Report abuse |
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      September 11, 2012 at 12:36 | Report abuse |
    • Bashir

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  5. JeffinIL

    Facts won't stop it from continuing to be a political talking point.

    April 10, 2012 at 07:23 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Retired Army

      Very.......VERY.......true!

      April 10, 2012 at 09:23 | Report abuse |
  6. LOW LYF

    DUDE THAT SUX I LIKE CHICS THAT PUT OUT

    April 10, 2012 at 07:25 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Retired Army

      I like people who don't used 'Caps Lock. and who DO use commas and periods, from time-to-time.

      April 10, 2012 at 09:25 | Report abuse |
  7. LOW LYF

    AND ABORTIONS ARE TOO EXPENSIVE JUST PUNCH THEM IN THE STOMACH REAL HARD

    April 10, 2012 at 07:28 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. jimminy

    I have never seen anyone give birth to a teen. Where are these people and how is it possible?

    April 10, 2012 at 07:38 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Guess

      1. The barrio
      2. The hood
      3. The trailer park

      Take away those 3, and our rate is probably about 10-15.

      April 10, 2012 at 09:07 | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      Guess who didn't get the joke?

      April 10, 2012 at 09:23 | Report abuse |
    • Retired Army

      Nice word-play, Bob 😉 .

      April 10, 2012 at 09:26 | Report abuse |
  9. wendi r. smith

    I don't think a description is necessary. This person who is (appropriately) calling him/herself LOW LYF has made some extremely offensive comments. I imagine there are many of us who would like to see them removed.

    April 10, 2012 at 07:44 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. LOW LYF

    COMMON BABY (WENDI) ITS ALL GOOD WHY DONT I GIVE YOU A RIDE IN MY 82 CAMARO I BET ILL CHANGE YOUR MIND

    April 10, 2012 at 07:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Betty O.

    You know what became available in 2009 to minors? Plan B. Coincidence? Probably not.

    April 10, 2012 at 07:54 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Retired Army

      Probably not?

      More like.....most likely not 🙂 !

      April 10, 2012 at 09:27 | Report abuse |
    • reen

      You know, I think you're right. It's crucial that teens continue to have access to Plan B when absolutely necessary, and the crazies need to leave it alone.

      April 10, 2012 at 10:15 | Report abuse |
  12. Kevin

    Looking at all the obese teens waddling up to the local high school- I think I see one potential reason for the birth rate drop...

    April 10, 2012 at 07:57 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Guess

      Dude, Im at work, I'm not supposed to laugh that hard!

      April 10, 2012 at 09:10 | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Ok despite the good news of this article, that comment is too funny. And a little true. Maybe it's time for he 70s bumper sticker "fat chicks need loving' too" to make a come back...

      April 10, 2012 at 09:15 | Report abuse |
    • Min

      Hello. This is amazing. Remember me the wientr.. Beautifully picture.Are you putting more pictures in this site?From Spain el_extranjero. Means the stranger, or something like this.

      September 14, 2012 at 01:50 | Report abuse |
  13. Chris

    The internet has given teenage boys other outlets for their energies.....

    April 10, 2012 at 07:59 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. ipmutt

    Obama must be paying for abortions as well as birthcontrol.

    April 10, 2012 at 08:01 | Report abuse | Reply
    • rates

      I think Santorum may be funding idiocy on some comments. How much does he pay?

      April 10, 2012 at 08:40 | Report abuse |
    • Retired Army

      Huh.....yeah mutt.....whatever.

      April 10, 2012 at 09:29 | Report abuse |
    • Joshua Ludd

      Despite what Limbaugh says the government is not being asked to pay for birth control... health insurance is being told to cover it. You know.. that thing you pay for yourself and which for some doesn't cover birth control.

      April 10, 2012 at 10:28 | Report abuse |
  15. LOW LYF

    FAT CHICS NEED LOVE TO KEVIN

    April 10, 2012 at 08:05 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. LOW LYF

    LETS NOT FORGET ANAL IS GOOD BIRTH CONTROL TOO

    April 10, 2012 at 08:05 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Earl

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      September 11, 2012 at 04:27 | Report abuse |
  17. politicallyinsurrect

    "Why do rich white girls get ahead in life? Because they get abortions when they're young. They get pregnant, but they still want to go to college so, whatever, they just cheat. They cheat that little critter in their belly right out of a chance at life."

    "Mexicans are told not to cheat – 'Don't cheat. You got pregnant? You have to raise the child.' So then you have to raise the child while the white girls get to go to college and probably have a bunch more abortions. It is at our most challenging times.. that we must cheat our very hardest.."

    -Mr. Cartmanez

    April 10, 2012 at 08:07 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Guess

      Jealous much Jose? The real reason Mexicanitos are having so many chickitos are because the man with the pointy hat in rome tell them not to use any birf control

      April 10, 2012 at 09:13 | Report abuse |
  18. tommy64k

    doesn't seem that way on my facebook newsfeed...

    April 10, 2012 at 08:09 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. Aaron

    This article, and the fact that less than 1 fraction of 1% cite lack of access to contraceptives as the reason for unwanted pregnancies is a slap in the face to the democratic talking point that Republicans are keeping women away from the pill.

    April 10, 2012 at 08:09 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Alyssa

      The talking point is not that Republicans are keeping people away from the pill. The talking point is that Republicans would, if they could, keep people away from the pill. That they haven't been successful doesn't mean they wouldn't change it if they could.

      April 10, 2012 at 08:38 | Report abuse |
    • weak

      You tried to twist this into your own political talking point but there isn't enough data here to fit into your nice little political thinking box. So... ya know... fail... but try again later.

      April 10, 2012 at 08:42 | Report abuse |
    • Aaron

      you sure it's not that the Republicans would make people pay for their own pill? Everyone wants it for free, but it's the Repubs fault they have to pay.

      April 10, 2012 at 09:04 | Report abuse |
    • Retired Army

      Aaron.....your comment is somewhat idiotic.....considering the "yemocratic talking point" you speak of is recent (last 3 months or so) and the data from this article is 2 YEARS ago (2009 to 2010).

      But.....anything's fair game to you folfs, truth be dam'ed

      April 10, 2012 at 09:33 | Report abuse |
    • Retired Army

      Ahem.....typos corrected:

      Aaron.....your comment is somewhat idiotic.....considering the "democratic talking point" you speak of is recent (last 3 months or so) and the data from this article is 2 YEARS ago (2009 to 2010).

      But.....anything's fair game to you folks, truth be dam'ed

      April 10, 2012 at 09:34 | Report abuse |
    • Joshua Ludd

      Actually, Aaron, Republicans are looking to keep insurance from being required to cover birth control. There is no law proposing that the government pay for all birth control. Look at the facts rather than listen to Limbaugh. Also, a number of Republicans are now talking about various measures that would directly or indirectly ban many forms of birth control.

      April 10, 2012 at 10:32 | Report abuse |
    • Really???

      That set of statistics means contraception is readily available right now....Without forcing everyone to pay for other people to have s3x. I will pay for my own s3x life...Go pay for your own s3x life freeloaders!

      April 10, 2012 at 11:55 | Report abuse |
  20. politicallyinsurrect

    Teen birth rate drops to a record low, but teen pregnancy is still going strong. It just means we lose a lot more lives during childbirth because we're the only civilized nation on Earth that doesn't offer healthcare to all of its citizens. Don't worry, I'm sure that assessment is accurate – I asked Fox News' fact checkers to review the facts for me. Last time I checked on them they were nodding off on oxycontin, so I assume they're giving me the green light.

    April 10, 2012 at 08:12 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Alyssa

      I don't understand. Your presumption is that the birth rate is low because more babies are dying at or prior to birth? More miscarriages maybe? Where's your evidence for that?

      April 10, 2012 at 08:43 | Report abuse |
    • Rbnlegend101

      The teen birth rate is dropping yes, but it is still much much higher than in other first world nations. A lower rate that is still higher than all those places with socialized medicine is nothing to be proud of.

      April 10, 2012 at 12:06 | Report abuse |
  21. Curmodgeon

    Wow! Drop in teenage births. That means we won't have to put up with as many teens. Great news, as teens are certainly a big bother.

    April 10, 2012 at 08:32 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Alyssa

      Non-teenagers who give birth also have children that ultimately grow into teenagers. Decreased teenage births doesn't stop that.

      April 10, 2012 at 08:36 | Report abuse |
    • nightsun2k7

      lol, i made a reference to teens being born also, think it went over most peoples heads as so did the headline of the article, glad to see someone else on here gets it

      April 10, 2012 at 09:53 | Report abuse |
  22. Alyssa

    "The lower teenage birth rate is a duel victory"

    A "duel" victory? Come on CNN, better proofreading please. A duel is two people walking 10 paces and firing a gun. This should be "dual", mean two of something.

    April 10, 2012 at 08:35 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Rbnlegend101

      You can duel with swords too. And good news, swordfighting doesn't result in pregancy.

      April 10, 2012 at 12:08 | Report abuse |
  23. Lord Vader

    I am a proud product of a teen mother and I was a teen when I fathered my first daughter. My daughter is now going to be 15 and to this day not one drop of government assistance came through my doors.

    April 10, 2012 at 08:35 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Alyssa

      So much to be proud about there.

      April 10, 2012 at 08:37 | Report abuse |
    • Aaron

      Alyssa really is a party pooper.

      April 10, 2012 at 09:05 | Report abuse |
    • Guess

      The fact that you are bragging about that is further proof why you, your mom, and other teenage moms shouldn't have kids until they are older, more responsible, and more financially capable.

      April 10, 2012 at 09:20 | Report abuse |
    • Beatle

      So when is your daughter expecting?

      April 10, 2012 at 09:24 | Report abuse |
    • nightsun2k7

      to Beatle...lol, good one

      April 10, 2012 at 09:46 | Report abuse |
    • David Claytor

      I had my son when I was 17 years old. My wife and I work very hard and have never sniffed a welfare check. My son is now 20 and in his 2nd year in college (i'm paying for that too). I'm glad I didn't listen to the liberal voices screaming "Kill him! Kill him"

      April 10, 2012 at 10:24 | Report abuse |
  24. denroy

    What is the number for teenage and unmarried pregnancy – that is the one I am most concerned about

    April 10, 2012 at 08:52 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. Nick Naranja

    I went to high school with about 1500 women in that age range ten years ago and that number seems about right. We had a nursery at the school to encourage the girls to complete their education.

    April 10, 2012 at 08:53 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mackem

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  26. adam

    Wow, this is great. This saves the taxpayers a lot of money. It's because of those contraceptives the republicans are so strongly against.

    April 10, 2012 at 09:09 | Report abuse | Reply
    • David Claytor

      No, its because of abortion clinics that liberals applaud. States with the highest abortion rates: NJ, NY, MD, MA, RI, IL, CT, DE...anybody notice a trend?

      April 10, 2012 at 10:21 | Report abuse |
    • Joshua Ludd

      A trend? Hmm.. states where there are actually more than one or two clinics? Where there are fewer religious wackos? Where there is far less chance clinics will be firebombed? Where there is far less chance doctors will be murdered?

      April 10, 2012 at 10:36 | Report abuse |
  27. SixDegrees

    I think it's a result of more shaving downstairs, and better oral as a result.

    April 10, 2012 at 09:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. blake

    Great news. Although 3.4% annually is still far too high. The out of wedlock birthrate is a national disgrace, reaching 70% with some groups.

    April 10, 2012 at 09:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. Jokesterer

    The rate is down because female obesity is up.

    April 10, 2012 at 09:33 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Larry

      You were trying to be funny, but end up making a good point. Obese women do not ovulate regularly and are less likely to get pregnant.

      April 10, 2012 at 10:52 | Report abuse |
  30. nightsun2k7

    "teen birth rate drops to a record low"....didn't realize there were that many teens being born, didn't think there were any teens being born actually.....who knew

    April 10, 2012 at 09:43 | Report abuse | Reply
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      October 11, 2012 at 09:29 | Report abuse |
  31. elvisg

    The rate is down because more people are turning gay. Plus people are getting uglier.

    April 10, 2012 at 09:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. bspurloc

    "such as condoms and hormonal birth control." evil doer things per the GOP... next up on the GOP Agenda taking drivers licenses say from females.

    April 10, 2012 at 09:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. nopretneders

    i guess all that free birth control in the black community is finally working

    April 10, 2012 at 10:04 | Report abuse | Reply
    • David Claytor

      Conn and Deleware have two of the highest abortion rates in the country. Trust me, there are no blacks in Connecticut (slight exaggeration but you get the point. A rapid moral decline of the human conscience is the reason fewer and fewer babies are being born. We cry when we see animals being abused but we turn a blind eye to the methods used to abort unborn children i.e. bludgeoning of the skull, siphoning the brain through a straw, chopping their limbs, bagging them up and throwing them away with the trash. How barbaric? What an advanced society we are!

      April 10, 2012 at 10:20 | Report abuse |
    • Emmy Skaddittle

      David Claytor: I guess you have never been to hartford

      April 10, 2012 at 10:46 | Report abuse |
  34. Bob

    "Experts suggested that the numbers may mean more teens are delaying sex or using contraception"

    If one of their theories is that teens are practicing abstinence then I wouldn't call them experts.

    April 10, 2012 at 10:05 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Rbnlegend101

      Word.

      April 10, 2012 at 12:10 | Report abuse |
  35. Realist

    kids are satisfying their sexual urges on the internet. No longer are the pent up boxes of hormones. That is the reality and it is effecting birth rates

    April 10, 2012 at 10:06 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. Brandon

    They should have worded it "Births by teens" and not "Teen birth rate". Teen birth rate makes it sound like people are giving birth to a 14 year old.

    April 10, 2012 at 10:07 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. Jack 63

    Of course teen pregnacy is down, they are getting pregnant at eleven and twelve now.

    April 10, 2012 at 10:07 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. Thinquer

    This is working for my generation of parents: Sit down with your teens at the computer and view body images of the most prevalent teen stds (HPV, venereal wars, chlamydia, etc as they appear on the actual parts). Let your kids know that 1 out of 4 of their classmatess have one or more of these diseases and there is no way to tell who has what. You can carry some of these without obvious symptoms on the skin. And tell them (it's also true) Then discuss treatment options (burning, cutting, and notifying all of your "Partners"). This is helping them keep their sexual selt-control. It works.

    April 10, 2012 at 10:20 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Thinquer

      Sorry, typos. Secretary was off duty...

      April 10, 2012 at 10:21 | Report abuse |
  39. tcat117

    Big surprise the 80's generation of kids who raised themselves gave birth to the 00's generation of kids who raise kids.

    April 10, 2012 at 10:28 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. Jan

    No one would want to have a child in a obama world... Liberals can go transgender or gay all day long... Darwin will win.

    April 10, 2012 at 10:29 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tex71

      Darwin will win no matter what – natural selection is inevitable. But we all win if, as you promise, people like you stop reproducing. Then the rest of us can keep evolving in peace.

      April 10, 2012 at 10:44 | Report abuse |
  41. L.M.

    Choosing to engage in sex is a CHOICE, unless one is raped, teens do NOT have the income to care for a child or to screen./treat STD"s, they should NOT engage in sex until they can pay for the consequences. Republicans just want individual responsiblility taught, NOT to have responsible taxpayers having their dollars go to other's contraception, or pay for food stamps, housing, child care for the IRRESPONSIBLE!

    April 10, 2012 at 10:30 | Report abuse | Reply
    • DRG

      Sorry L.M., that's not what Republicans want. They stand for abstinance only education. If you teach kids all about teh human body, sex, STIs, and contraceptives, then they can make educated choices. Yes you should impart the consequences and make sure they understand how it is a responsible decision to be made and that they should abstain until they are ready. If you think k8ids can be scared into not giving in to the hormonal changes in their bodies that is part of puberty and think faith in teh lord god will stop them from having sexual relations you are extremely mistaken. the rates for teen pregnancy may be going down, but teen sex in most definitely not.

      April 10, 2012 at 10:41 | Report abuse |
    • Joshua Ludd

      First off, the legislation isn't about government paying for contraception. Its about INSURANCE being required to cover contraception. Secondly, You are asking teens to be that responsible? Yeah, that will work. No one is known for being responsible and thinking realistically about consequences and the future like teens. The problem is that Republicans want "individual responsibility" also known as the failed abstinence only education programs to be taught and nothing else. Oh, and you will notice most of them want to make abortion illegal even for those who are raped.

      April 10, 2012 at 10:42 | Report abuse |
    • Rbnlegend101

      If you can't understand the difference between insurance that people pay for providing prescription medication, and the government giving away free birth control, how do you expect teenagers to understand the consequenses of their actions?

      Out here in the really real world, teenagers are teenagers. They haven't learned from their own mistakes, and people in general are not good at learning from anyone else's mistakes. They aren't even good at learning from their own. Do you abstain? I don't. That's not the lesson I learned. The lesson I learned was to use good birth control. Why on earth would anyone expect a teenager to learn a lesson that most adults never learned? A lesson that is in fact contradicted by how most adults live their lives.

      April 10, 2012 at 12:19 | Report abuse |
  42. L.M.

    Why did you leave out the statistics on how many teens KILLED their unborn babies in abortion, all you people who got your one life, but think it is O.K. to KILL others, have the courage to go to http://www.abortionno.org and view this IMMORAL act!

    April 10, 2012 at 10:34 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Joshua Ludd

      Maybe I'll start taking you and other Republicans seriously on the issue when you stop preaching about small government for everything but reproduction.. and voting.. and drugs.. and sex... and gay rights... and oil subsidies, etc... and stop starting pointless wars that kill hundreds of thousands, many of them innocents and many others people who fought against an invasion of their country... and stop insisting we continue with the death penalty despite it not being a deterrent, not being equally applied, and a flawed court system that routinely sends innocent people to death row... and stop fighting against making healthcare available to all like every single other first world nation does.

      April 10, 2012 at 10:47 | Report abuse |
    • DRG

      right on Joshua! none of things enters the religious conservative's mind. individual responsibility my butt.

      April 10, 2012 at 11:01 | Report abuse |
  43. Tex71

    Let's see, teenagers are having fewer babies than ever – if you really believe they are having less sex than ever, you are insane – ergo, increased use of contraception is effectively lowering the teen parenthood rate. Now is the time for Republicans to whine about how much it costs to throw free contraceptives at teens. Not even House Republicans are brain-dead enough to think it is cost-effective to provide food stamps, Medicaid, foster parenting, and prison versus paying for contraceptives. So what gives? The obvious answer is that they expect millions of people with no gainful employment to be OK with losing food and shelter, and just curl up and die, rather than run rampant through exclusive gated communities, burning and pillaging as they go. "Let them eat cake!" Go GOP!

    April 10, 2012 at 10:41 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. Emmy Skaddittle

    The first republican response was it must be because of all of those dang abortions, man they have you brain washed

    April 10, 2012 at 10:48 | Report abuse | Reply
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      September 14, 2012 at 01:05 | Report abuse |
  45. Dawn

    It looks like the sex and contraception eduction classes may be successful, as well as access to contraception at places like Planned Parenthood. And now in Wisconsin we have a new law that says schools do not have to teach sex ed. If they do teach it, they have to teach abstinence also. And they can teach abstinence only if they want. I do believe these discussions start at home, but if you aren't getting the information there, it would be nice if this was part of the school cirriculum, starting in Middle School. Teachers in Wisconsin...keep teaching contraception!

    April 10, 2012 at 10:48 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Igor

      angie Posted on I laeghud and laeghud and laeghud when I saw this picuture! This is the same look my dog gives me anytime I do anything to her. Actually that's the same look I get from almost everybody after a finished craft project. yep, count me in the more faills than sucesses for sure.

      September 13, 2012 at 23:12 | Report abuse |
  46. Yee-Haww

    These numbers definitly not down in the south! Roll Tide! God, get me out of here

    April 10, 2012 at 10:51 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. Political Talking Points

    Not all teen births are unwanted or even unable to be cared for by their parents, One of my nieces married at 17 right after graduating, had her fist at 18 and second at 19, her husband is 4 years older then her, they are quite successful, live in a 6000 square foot house, and had two more children about 5 years later, their oldest is now 20. I think the real concern about teen pregnancies is if the parents are responsible enough to care for them, and what is that percentage. If you ask my niece and her husband if they missed out on anything in life.... They will proudly tell you not a thing... They are happy responsible parents married for over 20 years now.... But to the topic at hand, of course teen pregnancies have gone down, we have better sex education, available birth control, and in general kids are waiting until they finish college to have their children....

    April 10, 2012 at 10:53 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Political Talking Points

      Let me also add that the years of better sex education during the Clinton administration are the teens now that got that better education, the next ones coming we will see a rise most likely in teenagers having babies that got Bush's abstinence only education.... and the pendulum swings back and forth....

      April 10, 2012 at 11:00 | Report abuse |
  48. bob barker

    Thank you education, thank you birth control, and thank you condoms

    April 10, 2012 at 10:55 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. heloise8

    Reblogged this on The Trough.

    April 10, 2012 at 11:12 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. just another brick

    Some great liberal news again only telling half the story. So tell us also what the teen abortion rate is at now ? And just how many of those teens have come to need counseling, depression meds, or have turned to drugs because they can not come to terms with having ended a life during the procedure ?

    April 10, 2012 at 11:16 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mark

      Blah, blah! In your little world!

      April 10, 2012 at 11:22 | Report abuse |
    • Marc

      Why don't YOU tell us? Oh – I know – because gullible half-wits like to chase after innuendo and nonsense and then pretend that the insipid nonsense they make up isn't reported because of some conspiracy. If abortion is keeping the teen birthrate low, good. It's legal, and it beats 15 year olds with children and responsibilities beyond thier maturity levels. Even better is contraception education – but, of course, conservatives want to keep this AWAY from women and children. Abstinence? Works about as well as the rhythm method.

      April 10, 2012 at 11:22 | Report abuse |
    • The Decider

      If your mother had gotten over her fear of the clinic we'd not be exposed to your blathering.

      Put your foil hat on, take your meds and step away from the library's computer.

      April 10, 2012 at 11:22 | Report abuse |
    • @RivermilesTV

      Abortion among teens is such a tiny number that it doesn't factor in at any significant level. This is not a liberally biased article. It's just flat out good news about teens delaying sex or having more responsible sex. But, I understand that you are obliged by your talking points to make all good news that occurs in this presidential term into a conspiracy.

      April 10, 2012 at 11:26 | Report abuse |
    • Maya

      Well, why don't YOU provide some evidence? Oh wait, you can't because you're full of ****. Now go back to mommy's basement.

      April 10, 2012 at 11:26 | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      Teen abortion rates also at historic lows. You know, a simple Google search would have found that for you. It's really not hard.

      http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/02/08/us-teen-pregnancy-idUSTRE8171J020120208

      April 10, 2012 at 11:28 | Report abuse |
    • peridot2

      Perhaps you should read the article again, Brick? It's all about preventing pregnancies rather than ending them...or does the brick name reference your intellect? Pregnancy isn't a punishment for a girl or a woman having sex, as so many of you people seem to think.

      Where's all the responsibility and scorn directed against the fathers? Why still the double standard? This is the 21st Century, not 1950.

      April 10, 2012 at 11:39 | Report abuse |
    • steve Ricard

      This might sound a bit "off-color," but I wonder if this has anything to do with teens admitting to an increased participation in oral sex.

      April 10, 2012 at 11:50 | Report abuse |
    • mms55

      ive noticed that since the birth rates have fallen the retoric about birth control has gotten louder,is it because these right wing nut's see their number 1 wedge issue disappearing?what will they do when the need for abortion shrink's?sorry bunch of id iot's rant on and on about saving these babies lives but do nothing for them once their saved,you make me puke.

      April 10, 2012 at 11:51 | Report abuse |
    • Taylor

      Good for you "just another brick", I like it

      April 10, 2012 at 11:54 | Report abuse |
    • jklapper

      According to the study that Reagan had his Surgeon General C. Everett Koop do, not many if any at all. If you were old enough/aware enough of reality to remember this, then you would know that it got Dr Koop in hot water with the boss and his palo-neo-con's because it didn't follow the party line even back in the 80's.

      April 10, 2012 at 12:16 | Report abuse |
    • Sylar75

      Get a freakin life. You are trying to turn an article about teen pregnancy into a political debate? How absolutely pathetic.

      April 10, 2012 at 12:28 | Report abuse |
    • Sylar75

      and it couldn't possibly be a conservative article cause we all know conservative men only bang other men, (or boys).

      April 10, 2012 at 12:29 | Report abuse |
    • Some Southern Tea Bagger

      DANG LIBRULS WITH THEIR FANCY YANKY BOOK LERNIN AND MAFFS AND SIENCES AND PERCENTS AND BIG WORDS N STUFF

      April 10, 2012 at 12:29 | Report abuse |
    • independentlyowned

      Probably still a lot less than the # of teenagers on medication and in counseling as well as on welfare after having said child and not being able to take care of it properly.

      April 10, 2012 at 12:37 | Report abuse |
    • Informan

      So, you are saying this is bad news......

      April 10, 2012 at 12:42 | Report abuse |
    • VinoBianco

      abortion is likely partially to thank for the low teen birth rate...it's a good thing.

      April 10, 2012 at 12:46 | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Please, provide us with these numbers. Apparently you know what they are. Enlighten us.

      April 10, 2012 at 12:47 | Report abuse |
    • sparky

      teen abortion rate is at an all time low as well dumb@$$

      typical repuke....mouth runs in hyperdrive while brain is in neutral

      April 10, 2012 at 12:58 | Report abuse |
    • Random Hero

      There has to be a pregnancy before an abortion. Still winning.

      April 10, 2012 at 13:15 | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Hey, man in the bubble! That's why the writer specifically said BOTH the rate of live births AND the rate of pregnancies is down. Without the pregnancy rate down, you could have said that fewer births pointed to more abortions. However, FEWER PREGNANCIES means FEWER ABORTIONS. numbskull.

      April 10, 2012 at 13:36 | Report abuse |
    • SixDegrees

      Some and none.

      April 10, 2012 at 13:54 | Report abuse |
    • Craig

      To answer your question: according to the Reuters article posted by another commenter (http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/02/08/us-teen-pregnancy-idUSTRE8171J020120208), the teen abortion rate is 17.8 per 1,000 teenage women. This is down to less than half the rate from twenty years prior to that. If we compare it to the birth rate number cited in this article, 34.3 live births per 1,000 teenage women, we see that the live birth rate would be 50% higher were it not for these abortions. So, everyone has a point–the abortion rate is down, teen pregnancies are down, and teen births are down. The reason for the low number of teen births seems to be a combination of delaying sex, use of contraception, and the use of abortion

      April 10, 2012 at 14:53 | Report abuse |
    • jaadi

      May be we should have presidential candidates who knows how to use a condom

      April 10, 2012 at 17:03 | Report abuse |
    • Brandon

      The abortion rate is at an all time low too. It has fallen steadily since roe vs wade passed.
      Sex education is simply working and teens are using contraception.

      April 11, 2012 at 04:02 | Report abuse |
    • Nicole

      Abortion rates go down alongside unplanned pregnancy rates and adoption rates. Pro choice groups have been saying for a long time that if we don't want abortions, we don't want unplanned pregnancies. Prohibiting abortion just pushes it under ground and leads to unsafe procedures.

      Birth control most effectively reduces unplanned pregnancies, therefore you want people to access it and use it. Abstinence is great, too, and the best way to delay teens having sex is to have them in enrichments programs (art, sports, music, community service) that boost their self esteem and provide them with positive role models. Alongside masturbation, cyber sex, and other such ways to deal with teens sex drives, which can be at full force at the end of puberty.

      April 11, 2012 at 09:37 | Report abuse |
    • WhatNow

      I don't care what method they are using, fewer teens having babies is great news! On one hand you scream about people on welfare and in the next breath your criticize women who are getting legal abortions. We will pay attention to your types when you stand outside that unwed teens parents home offering your money and help. It really ticks me off that some people think it's okay for them to tell others how to live!

      April 11, 2012 at 12:01 | Report abuse |
    • robwc

      i agree brick there is probably more not being said in the stats. In my city teen pregnancy is at an all time high. Last year one of our highschools was on CNN because 1/3 of the girls in the school are pregnant. no joke. my wife is a teacher and there are girls in the 5th grade pregnant. -my wife is a new teacher and is told this is pretty much common place. Also there are other means of ......unsafe home abortion attempts that young girls attempt. it's all very sad.

      April 11, 2012 at 15:18 | Report abuse |
    • Oz in OK

      Boy, conservatives just refuse to accept any good news, do they? Miserable people.

      April 12, 2012 at 10:21 | Report abuse |
    • queenbee10

      One reason the birth rate has slowed (and later when they finally take note they will find out) is that due to STDs and other factors–many young girls are INFERTILE–not only are they not having babies now–they won't be having babies naturally om the future–they CAN'T.

      The infertility rate is climbing too–smart people should look at the problem in puberty not when women are 39 and we want to say (but cannot prove) the lack of kids is because women delayed pregnancy–maybe it is not delay–the American diet is so full of chemicals–maybe we are destroying our ability to procreate.

      April 12, 2012 at 12:24 | Report abuse |
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