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U.S. teen birth rate drops to a record low
April 10th, 2012
03:30 AM ET

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.”


soundoff (284 Responses)
  1. reasonablebe

    And the study shows, the answer to lower teen pregnancy is sex ed, open discussion and.... available birth control. (Not abstinence or religious ed or strict religious upbringing....) Surprised? uh, no.

    April 10, 2012 at 11:30 | Report abuse | Reply
    • peridot2

      It's no surprise to me.

      April 10, 2012 at 11:39 | Report abuse |
    • mms55

      me either.

      April 10, 2012 at 11:52 | Report abuse |
    • Julnor

      And note this was achieved without forcing insurance companies to provide free birth control (those rules don't go into effect for another year).

      April 10, 2012 at 11:53 | Report abuse |
    • Julnor

      You should also read the article "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."

      April 10, 2012 at 11:58 | Report abuse |
    • Glen

      Teen pregnacy rate is prob low because the kids even realize the economy is so bad their parents cant even afford the kids.

      April 10, 2012 at 13:09 | Report abuse |
    • WhatNow

      Yes, the same things that have been preventing unwanted births form many, many years. It's amazing how education and birth control actually make a difference! I know, shocking.

      April 11, 2012 at 12:07 | Report abuse |
    • DPCFOH

      And, just think, many conservatives want to eliminate sex education and access to birth control (as well as abortion), I guess they're all bummed out about this article, and would love to see the number of teen births rise (so they can happily pay more taxes to help support these new babies)...

      April 11, 2012 at 13:04 | Report abuse |
    • jesuswillbrb

      Julnor You are implying that your insurance is free. Are you on a government program? I pay for my insurance. Implying that birth control is "free" shows how ignorant you are. The requirement is that insurance covers birth control.

      April 11, 2012 at 23:59 | Report abuse |
  2. Women Will Remember in November! Obama 2012!

    Thank you the Planned Parenthood, the Pill and other contraceptives.

    April 10, 2012 at 11:31 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Julnor

      Again note how forcing insurance companies to provide free birth control was not necessary to achieve this.

      April 10, 2012 at 11:56 | Report abuse |
    • Elisabeth King

      Julnor: Forcing insurance companies? Almost all insurance covers birth control. It's cheaper than babies.
      Only Catholic universities, etc. don't cover it. The point was that they should. Not everyone that works for a
      Catholic hospital is catholic. (And 98% of Catholic women say they use birth control anyway).

      April 10, 2012 at 12:12 | Report abuse |
    • mtriplett

      Also note how pulse laser-wielding dinosaurs were not needed to achieve this.

      April 10, 2012 at 12:19 | Report abuse |
    • Rbnlegend101

      And really, why should we force health insurance companies to provide any coverage of prescription medication at all. That's not why they are in business. The whole point of health insurance is to ensure moral purity and provide for the enforcement of certain laws laid forth in our religious texts.

      April 10, 2012 at 12:27 | Report abuse |
    • CMoses

      No, Elizabeth, 98% percent of sexually active Catholics said that they HAD used some form of artificial birth control at some part in their lives. Get the statistic right if you're going to reference it.

      April 10, 2012 at 13:10 | Report abuse |
    • leonid7

      Also note how pitifully far behind the rest of the first world we still are. And how Mississippi, the most conservative and poorest state, has the highest birth rates among teens.

      April 10, 2012 at 13:14 | Report abuse |
    • CMoses

      Ok, Rbnlegend101, the follow up is why should they force an employer to offer said health insurance or face a penalty? Companies are in the business of providing products and services, not healthcare.

      That's why we have the old joke about GM making cars to pay for it's healthcare. It was bad enough when it was bargained for by UAW, but now they expect that model to be the law of the land??? It's ridiculous.

      April 10, 2012 at 13:16 | Report abuse |
    • Inglourious

      @Julnor: Insurance companies don't provide anything for free - the cost is built into the premiums they charge. BTW, it costs the insurance companies a lot less to cover contraceptives than pregnancies.

      April 10, 2012 at 17:51 | Report abuse |
  3. Mark T.

    LM wrote, "Republicans just want individual responsibility taught." This incredibly naive. Republican leaders want to stay in power and get rich from it. They pander to their base of special interests including those who are against conception and abortion for religious reasons. There is no consistent Republican philosophy other than those who bring sufficient money and/or votes will get their support. Here in Virginia the Republicans voted to eliminate a law limiting purchase of handguns to one a month, so now there is no limit. That sounds more pro-death than pro-life to me. Seriously, how many handguns do you really need? Most folks only have two hands. This change in the law only makes sense because the Republicans collect money from the gun manufacturers through the NRA front man. The rich want lower taxes for themselves and the right to do whatever they want without violating pesky employee, environmental or other laws. The religious historically wanted to eliminate contraception and abortion to help swell their ranks, and for philosophical reasons I suppose. The gun makers want to get as rich as possible. Republicans want to sellout to special interests and to fool enough people like LM that there is some way to explain it all.

    April 10, 2012 at 11:31 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Just a voice

      I've yet to see any person in politics that did not want to stay in power. I believe every politician, regardless of party, panders to special interest groups of some sort. If they did not then I doubt they would have the money to get elected. It's all about money and power. This will not likely change, no matter who is in the White House or Congress.

      You can make anything you want out of the 'statistics' reported in articles like this. I worked with statictics for many years and know they can be gathered and interpreted to mean pretty much anything you want about any issue. If the birth rates are down among teens, that's a good thing.

      April 10, 2012 at 12:22 | Report abuse |
    • CosmicC

      I get tired of hearing about individual responsibility, meaning responsibility for oneself. What about an individual's responsibility towards society? The more you benefit from it, the greater the responsibility to it.

      April 10, 2012 at 14:20 | Report abuse |
    • Toni

      When my Dr. Daughter was forced to lay on the floor during a robbery, she asked me for a gun. My 2nd daughter thwarted a carjacking, but sacrificed her right hand. My son likes to hunt ducks, but was robbed before the season started...guess who got thier quota that month? How dare my children go out into this world with any idea of security...they are only contributing to the solutions, but have to deal with criminal interruptions.

      April 10, 2012 at 23:02 | Report abuse |
  4. mosihasteen

    The comparison to the birth rate seventy years ago is crap. Seventy years ago American society was still largely rural and farm associated, people got married younger – yes, MARRIED! and began to raise families right away because there were no feminists around telling girls they didn't need men and shouldn't have kids because it will screw up their livelihoods and educations. Women were also less selfish and better mothers at that time. Young people in general have become more self absorbed and as a result have begun to sacrifice the future of the country – just look at Europe which now has an ever swelling pack of Muslims to contend with because the economies are too small to support themselves with native workers. In Europe the women have educated themselves into stupidity and resultantly sacrificed the future of their nations by having only one child apiece. White Europeans who complain aboput this large muslim influx need only look at themselves to find a guilty party for the denigration of their society.

    I say there ios NOTHING wrong with teen pregnancy if it is done responsibly in the US or anywhere else. We DO NOT want to be another European Union.

    April 10, 2012 at 11:33 | Report abuse | Reply
    • midwstrngrl

      go away molester...or whatever your i diot name is...

      April 10, 2012 at 11:47 | Report abuse |
    • peridot2

      You think women are selfish and bad mothers now because we insist on equal pay and equal rights? So you approve of girls remaining uneducated and getting pregnant right out of school? You think Muslims are the problem?

      Male chauvinism, prejudice against women, and bigotry against another religion.

      The earth is full. Humans outnumber rats now. That's right, we outnumber vermin on the planet. Ignorance of this is no excuse. Steps will have to be taken, and soon, or it will be too late for every living thing on the planet.

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

      they also had unmarried sex and got illegal abortion's or got married to people they really only should have had a one night stand with.thank god we have a choice,something you could only understand if your a woman.you really think unmarried sex is something new?your more naive than you know.

      April 10, 2012 at 12:03 | Report abuse |
    • mosihasteeen

      Read the comment people – stop dragging in other issues and read!

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

      what's selfish is having a kid you don't want. do you have any idea how depressed and oppressed women were 70 years ago when they had to get married young and have children to be considered a normal part of society? birth control, sex ed and abortion are to thank for the low teen birth rate..which is a good thing.

      i'd bet anything you're an old man.

      April 10, 2012 at 12:50 | Report abuse |
    • leonid7

      Yeah, mentioning overpopulation is ridiculous when comparing it to birth rates...totally unrelated issue.

      April 10, 2012 at 13:19 | Report abuse |
  5. mosihasteeen

    The comparison to the birth rate seventy years ago is crap. Seventy years ago American society was still largely rural and farm associated, people got married younger – yes, MARRIED! and began to raise families right away because there were no feminists around telling girls they didn't need men and shouldn't have kids because it will screw up their livelihoods and educations. Women were also less selfish and better mothers at that time. Young people in general have become more self absorbed and as a result have begun to sacrifice the future of the country – just look at Europe which now has an ever swelling pack of Muslims to contend with because the economies are too small to support themselves with native workers. In Europe the women have educated themselves into stupidity and resultantly sacrificed the future of their nations by having only one child apiece. White Europeans who complain aboput this large muslim influx need only look at themselves to find a guilty party for the denigration of their society.

    I say there ios NOTHING wrong with teen pregnancy if it is done responsibly in the US or anywhere else. We DO NOT want to be another European Union. 🙂

    April 10, 2012 at 11:35 | Report abuse | Reply
    • mms55

      they said the same thing about every generation.

      April 10, 2012 at 12:06 | Report abuse |
    • Rbnlegend101

      I'm sure that most of those teen pregnancies are married young women, starting responsible families in a planned, careful manner. That's almost certainly what is happening. Good point. Well thought out.

      April 10, 2012 at 12:30 | Report abuse |
    • VinoBianco

      you act like this country is short of people or something...it's not.

      April 10, 2012 at 12:52 | Report abuse |
    • Jacques Strappe, World Famous French Ball Carrier

      Parents only having one child is a bad thing? Do you realize the earth has limited room?

      April 10, 2012 at 13:24 | Report abuse |
    • mendrys

      Well said. If we could keep women out of the workplace and out of politics and keep them at home having babies and doting on their husbands then we would be much better off wouldn't we? As they did with John Walker Lindh I'm sure the Taliban would take you in as your views seem to be closely aligned with theirs, at least as far as women goes.

      April 10, 2012 at 14:02 | Report abuse |
    • bob

      You're absolutely correct, mosihasteeeen. Silly women are getting all uppity, thinking they can go to school and become equal to men. Don't you womynz know that y'all are all just property of a man? A brood mare to be bred as he sees fit?

      April 10, 2012 at 17:16 | Report abuse |
  6. reality check

    just another brick – short. For the most part it's only the young women that have been brainwashed to think that every individual human cell is a "person", and have an abortion anyway due to outside pressure or shame, that may need counseling or regret their decision. Young women that do not believe every individual human cell is a "person" and view abortion as a legitimate option in women's medical care, and in their heart know that they are making the most responsible decision in their situation – they do not have any issues.

    By the way there was a significant decrease in the number of abortions between 2009 and 2010. The 2011 data isn't out yet. Why is it so hard for people to believe that young women can make responsible decisions regarding abstinence, contraception, and abortion on their own? This study shows that young women do make good decisions WITHOUT government and morality snobs dictating what they do with their bodies.

    April 10, 2012 at 11:43 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Matthew Kilburn

      If you want to see the results of liberal social thinking, just consider the average family life today from the average family life in the 1950s:

      Fewer people are getting married. When they do, they're delaying marriage much later. More people are getting divorced. Fewer people are having children. Those who do have children are having fewer children. More children are conceived out of wedlock. It goes on and on.

      The left is slowly destroying the notion of the family as a premanent relationship between a mother, a father, and children.

      In 2050, this nation will have a size much closer to that of undeveloped back-water nations like Nigeria and Pakistan than to rising economic powers like India and China.

      I don't think people take time to accurately comprehend just what it means when people stop reproducing.

      April 10, 2012 at 13:59 | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      Mathew Kilburn,

      Fewer people having children is a GOOD thing! The world is severly overpopulated. Anyone with half of a brain knows that.

      The educated members of society have been sensible, and opted for (somewhat) sustainable levels of population growth. Hopefully the less well educated will follow.

      April 10, 2012 at 17:56 | Report abuse |
  7. Sarah Palin

    It's Obama's fault! His socialist ways have driven kids to stop having s e x, and also got my beloved Bristol to have drunken s e x and get pregnant by that jerk Levi. He must be stopped!

    April 10, 2012 at 11:43 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. L0wTax

    Good. Now we just need all of the other birth rates out there to drop to all time lows for the next 50 or so years.

    April 10, 2012 at 11:45 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Teabag Sally

    Yet the teabaggers want to take away birth control.......

    April 10, 2012 at 11:46 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Jack Sonberg

    "The lower teenage birth rate is a duel victory for both sides ..." - I'm sure you meant to write "dual" but this applies, also!

    April 10, 2012 at 11:50 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. blam

    The kids finally listened to abstinence only. Great job kids.

    April 10, 2012 at 11:55 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Todd in DC

      There are lots of teens rolling their eyes at your comment.

      April 10, 2012 at 12:00 | Report abuse |
    • blam

      First off – I don't care what a teen thinks or does – it will be stupid regardless.
      Second – I'm pretty sure most teens know sarcasm when they see it. Better luck next time but I like your passive aggressive stance.

      April 10, 2012 at 12:20 | Report abuse |
    • VinoBianco

      lol, good one. 😉

      April 10, 2012 at 12:53 | Report abuse |
  12. Serdich

    Abstinence ? I think not..its a birth control and education that works...so religous nuts go f yourselves.

    April 10, 2012 at 11:56 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Walter

      Clearly you didn't read the article – or you did so through your liberal myopic eyes. The article states that it's both abstinence and birth control contributing to the decline.

      April 10, 2012 at 12:07 | Report abuse |
    • mms55

      nay they don't believe in that lol.

      April 10, 2012 at 12:09 | Report abuse |
  13. voiceofreason

    So apparently abortions are so much fun teens are just lining up to get them on their day off. I forgot how cheap, easy, and painless a major medical procedure is. Republicans, y'all are right. Those little teen girls can't wait to get abortions to lose a quick few ounces. I forgot that every conservative never makes a mistake...or that a vast majority of conservatives are non-aborted mistakes.

    April 10, 2012 at 12:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Walter

    This is great news. Now if we can get the other age groups down to a 70 year low, we'll be on our way to contributing to population control. I suspect another reason for the low teen rate is even they are starting to realize the days of nanny government providing cradle to grave financial are coming to an end.

    April 10, 2012 at 12:05 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Ralph in Orange Park, FL

    Whatever works, as long as it works.

    April 10, 2012 at 12:07 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. AC

    Yippee!!!!

    April 10, 2012 at 12:09 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. J

    The trend is easily explained: PLAN B

    April 10, 2012 at 12:23 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. Beam48

    Well I think its good news. I am really glad the message is getting to them that being a teen mom is NOT fun!

    I think for those concerned about abortion rates rising as the reason for the lower birth rate, they sighted they are NOT getting pregnant due to delaying having sex...meaning they aren't having sex at all while still a teenager (they don't count pregnancy in this study after a girl is past her teen years)...can't have an abortion if you aren't having sex to start with TO get pregnant. Or they are using some type of birth control to PREVENT pregnancy which again..if you aren't pregnant you can't have an abortion.

    April 10, 2012 at 12:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. Lead-Eeyah

    Thanks, Teen Mom! For scaring teenage girls off of unprotected sex!

    April 10, 2012 at 12:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. Tom from VA

    It'll go back up again after the GOP takes away sex education, access to birth control, access to abortion and beings teaching their abstenance only idea. When I was in high school and college, the women most likely to be pregnant and end up resorting to welfare were the ones who's parents pushed abstinence only and other republican "values" when it came to sex.

    April 10, 2012 at 12:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. Ben

    Technically, the teen birth rate is, always has been, and always will be zero. Teens cannot be born as such; the very concept is a physical impossibility and a chronological absurdity.

    April 10, 2012 at 12:46 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. Tanya

    It's not about these young girls having abortions, it's because their welfare has been cut off. It used to be that if you had two babies of the opposite sex, then the government would provide you with a three bedroom home plus food stamps. Now that has pretty much stopped. Young girls were encouraged to get pregnant for the govt. money and half of them don't have a clue who the baby daddy is anyway so pregnancy was a way to get a free ride.

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

      Oh please, the govt is still helping with all the things you listed with young teens of ALL ages and ALL RACES. That is happening is that children are more expensive and there is too much to go after now beside rocking baby at home.

      April 10, 2012 at 12:57 | Report abuse |
  23. Peter

    Yes, let's make birth control less accessible because, as you can see, it is SO not working.

    April 10, 2012 at 13:22 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. alcourts

    http://www.Hear-The-Truth.com

    April 10, 2012 at 13:26 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. Matthew Kilburn

    While it might be a beneficial that fewer people who are not physically prepared to have healthy pregnancies are having children...it is absolutely revolting that we as a society are celebrating the continuing collapse of birth rates. Its curious that they include 18 and 19 year olds in this statistic. In previous times, that would have been considered a perfectly healthy and acceptable time for people to start getting married and having kids. Of course, some things, like the social and economic pressure to go to college, have forced people to delay those developments...do in many respects, its understandable.

    our country is killing itself.

    April 10, 2012 at 13:52 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. mendrys

    shhh...don't tell any of the GOP candidates because this doesn't fit in with their nonsense that Obaama is destroying American and causing some perceived moral decay.

    April 10, 2012 at 13:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. Michelle

    This is good news but there will always be teens who refuse to use conception control (the only thing that really controls birth is abortion) or just simply think it can't happen to them. Although I do think reality shows about teen parents sometimes glamourize having babies as a teen, they also can give the teen a good reality check about what motherhood entails. Sex education teachers should just assume that most teens are sexually active and give them ways to prevent pregnancy. Of course, pregnancy is not the only thing people need to be concerned about and The Pill will not prevent STDs or AIDS. I have to mention this, I expect to see terrible spelling, grammar, and punctuation in comments but I'm disappointed in the proofreaders at CNN. In the sentence before the last paragraph, it states "The lower teenage birth rate is a duel victory for both sides,..." It should read 'dual' as in double/combination.

    April 10, 2012 at 14:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. Joe

    That's what you get when kids don't interact in person anymore. A byproduct of the digital age all of the kids stay home and play on their computers instead of going out and having fun. Its a generation of nerds.

    April 10, 2012 at 14:52 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. Jim

    They are not have sex less, the morning after pill is easily available and they are popping them like M & M's.

    April 10, 2012 at 15:11 | Report abuse | Reply
    • bob

      Good for them, I say. As long as there are less unwanted babies in this world, the better for society.

      April 10, 2012 at 17:18 | Report abuse |
  30. loriey

    Several of the young girls I counsel have out of wedlock babies....they come in all shades, white/black/hispanic/bi-racial The ages vary from 14 to 21. The "fathers" of these babies are gone, they went on with their lives leaving their so called girlfriend alone with the baby. The girls live off their own parents & our welfare system for formula/food etc. Housing is provided by mostly the young girls' parents who also do babysitting IF the girl goes back to school, which most of them don't do. A few of the young girls are now pregnant again or have had a second out of wedlock child with a second boy.
    who promises to love them forever. Sad to say the boys involved carry on with their lives as if nothing happened, they aer back in High School or moving on to college away from home & their baby. Life for the boy involved moves forward as they are back in High School or moving on to college away from home & their "baby mama/baby".
    Wise up girls, a baby is not a doll to be placed aside so you can go out & party, shop, go back to a carefree life. A baby is a 24/7 responisibility you are not ready for.

    April 10, 2012 at 15:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. yep

    of course its low. how many people do you know that give birth to teens? this is not news.

    April 10, 2012 at 15:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. rATL

    If you cant keep it in your pants, keep it wrapped!

    April 10, 2012 at 16:55 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. Raven

    Teens getting Drivers licenses are also down. You can than Xbox and the Internet.
    They're now too lazy to go anywhere, and too lazy to have sex also apparently.

    April 10, 2012 at 18:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. Sarah

    "U.S. teen birth rate drops to a record low"

    bull$h1t

    April 10, 2012 at 19:32 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. Michael

    What is the teen abortion rate? Has that gone up/down/remained the same?
    That seems to be a big missing factor in this story.

    April 10, 2012 at 19:38 | Report abuse | Reply
    • teresa

      @michael: great point .... but, I wonder how they can afford them? i didnt see abortions mentioned in the article.

      April 10, 2012 at 22:55 | Report abuse |
    • CB

      It has gone down too.

      Try Google

      April 11, 2012 at 17:03 | Report abuse |
  36. Sandra

    So much for fundies who try to say that sex education causes pregnancy. This is what happens when 'abstinene only' is replaced by comprehensive sex education. Teen pregancy rates drop.

    April 10, 2012 at 21:52 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. Toni

    The drop in births is inversly proportional to the rise in murders of pregnant women.The murder rate for pregnant unwed teenagers and mistresses now far surpasses that of pregnant wives of any age. It would now appear that the greatest health risk in pregnancy is mentioning it. Some abortions may prevent another murder or murderer from being born...criminal behavior is as hereditary as genius... try sterilizing criminals and see if we can extend the life of our planet without further noisy interuptions...or taxes to feed and house them.

    April 10, 2012 at 22:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. teresa

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU to all the young women either keeping their zippers zipped, keeping their pants and panties on and secure, keeping their legs together, saying NO to the sex or simply USING BIRTH CONTROL or abstaining !!! thank you so much because the economy is certainly suffering and none of us can provide for any more unexpected babies. I am not joking. I so appreciate the young gals protecting themselves and their futures.

    April 10, 2012 at 22:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. Butch

    That's great, but everyone should stop having babies, for about a year or two. We all are out growing our standard of living, quality of life, and just making the Rich Richer, by giving birth to more consumers.

    April 10, 2012 at 22:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. lara

    As the now middle aged child of a teen mother, back before it was even 'popular', I can attest to the fact that teen mothers are AWFUL!! My mother ended up giving me to my grandmother and that is the only reason I'm alive. My teen mother was an incredibly incompetent mother and I picked up the tab for her ignorance. I would strongly urge teen girls to NOT get pregnant and to just admit that they are too young and don't know everything like they think they do. Why ruin your own life and the life of innocent children? That guy will NOT stay around, it's only in your fantasies that he'll be there. You have your entire life ahead of you to think about motherhood, why do it when you are still a child yourself? There is no hurry to be a mother and birth control is still relatively easy to get, use it. The child cannot love you and take care of YOUR emotional needs, it is a completely helpless infant that needs constant care and attention. Once the guy bails, you will resent that child for even existing and it's not the child's fault.

    April 11, 2012 at 03:33 | Report abuse | Reply
    • RT

      While I can sympathize with your experience, and am NOT in favor of teen pregnancy in any way, you are making a pretty sweeping assumption here. I'm not doubting your experiences, and they sound terrible. But you can't just assume that, because of your experience, all teen parents are awful. I was a teen parent, and my kids are happy, well-adjusted adults with good careers, college educations, and a parent who has dedicated herself to their needs and futures.

      Bad parents, as well as good ones, come from all sorts of different demographic groups. Reducing the number of teen parents is a good thing, on a personal and societal level. But so is reduction of unplanned pregnancy in any age group. As is provision of education, services and resources for all parents and future-parents, so they are prepared financially and emotionally for the reality of what parenting really is, understand the importance of family planning, and have a safety net in case they need it. So many of these resources' budgets are being slashed, and families suffer. Kids suffer most of all, as you did. For some, it's because of utter disregard for others, their child included. But for many, it's not a lack of good intention or disregard for the child that leads to bad parenting, abuse, and worse... it's the outcome of more stress and pressure than they can handle. When parents find their backs against the wall for whatever reason, and can find no way of getting helped, the kids are the ones who suffer. And ultimately, we as a society suffer when bad parenting leads to badly-adjusted adults.

      Children raised without love, security or stability are given one message: fend for yourself. With no education or services to tell them how to do that, no knowledge of how to do it right, and no thought of empathy for others (since they were given none themselves), these kids grow to adulthood with little more than survival instinct. Every safety net that gets eliminated or has its budget slashed may mean a few more tax dollars in our pockets today, but will help to create more and more kids, and eventually adults, like this. And then we all pay much more, in many ways: more crime, more prisons, less safety... a society in ruins. We continue to defund social programs and cheer about all the "excess spending" we had been "wasting" with them, but in the end we're cheering our own descent into barbarism. We reap what we sow.

      April 11, 2012 at 19:00 | Report abuse |
    • RT

      One thing I should add – I didn't need any of the social programs out there in order to raise my kids into healthy, happy, productive adults. No welfare, no food stamps, no anything. Some may say this is proof that those resources are not needed, it's all about personal responsibility, but they're wrong. All the personal responsibility in the world would have made no difference if something had gone wrong, and I had needed help that wasn't there. I, and my kids, were lucky, plain and simple. Many are not so lucky, and my family's success and happiness has never blinded me to that fact. Whether families go down in flames or not should not be decided by luck. Too many will lose, and the results are disastrous to all of us.

      April 11, 2012 at 19:17 | Report abuse |
  41. Elizabeth

    I think that there is a big problem.

    April 11, 2012 at 09:45 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. matdaniel

    Well, I have read the comments here, and yes indeed, the pregnancy and abortion statistics appear to show that their percent are lower than twenty years ago, so I must admit that there is a change in society that is favorable for teenagers when we talk about young girls pregnancy. However, besides the suggestion made by someone above that rather than intercourse there is more oral sex between younger people, I think that there is another and WORST cause for such a drop of pregnancy: the increased number of lesbians.

    This is my opinion, and I don't need to prove it showing a chart with the percent of lesbians today compared to the amount of lesbians twenty years ago, because such records don't exist, but I surely am not blind when I see lots of lesbians walking openly in the streets, bars, etc, as lovers, something that didn't happen twenty years ago. To me, the social situation has not improved but that is getting worst.

    April 11, 2012 at 10:48 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Oz in OK

      Wait... you're blaming the lower birthrate on LESBIANS? *blinks* Really?

      April 12, 2012 at 10:32 | Report abuse |
  43. informer3

    That's easy. Teenage boys and young men are more interested in video games and beer. Look at the commercials. They choose the video game or a beer over a girl any day!

    April 11, 2012 at 11:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. tooquiet4me2005

    Now's the time for the conservatives to banish abortions and birth control!

    April 11, 2012 at 13:29 | Report abuse | Reply
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      May 23, 2012 at 21:47 | Report abuse |
  45. Caregiver 1

    The responses (especially the first on this page by lorie)that try to paint the "boys" as the villain are misguided at best and mean spirited at their worst. When the two humans lay together, it was for recreation, not procreation. It gets compounded by the usually unilateral decision by the female to make both families parents. There was no agreement nor counseltation about the choice of becoming parents, just an announcement by the female that it's going to occur because "she" has decided it will. Often religiousity is claimed (which did not rear its head during sex)and the relative ranking of sin occurs with abortion being proclaimed the un-do-able sin. It is a religiousity of convenience and with the governmental support becomes a bad decision gone viral. No person, male or female wants an obligation that they had little input on acquiring. (the sex doesn't count because it is what is decided after the conception that matters). If you want less teen pregnancies, don't preach that each pregnancy must result in a live birth. No child, no deadbeats of either gender. No child, no drain on any social resource. No child, no rise in any statistic about crime, prisons, premature deaths due to violence etc.

    April 11, 2012 at 16:33 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. Birthcontrol

    Ever heard of birth control. Whats wrong with these stupid women. Keep your freakin legs closed if you dont a baby or wear a condom.Stop blaming a dead beat guy for your reason. With everything else women scream it my body!!!it my body!!! What about when it comes to sex,oh you forget then?@% LOOSERS!!!

    April 11, 2012 at 18:55 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mike

      Thanks for your insightful post. It's amazing to me how all these women are getting themselves pregnant. I had no idea that men played no part in it whatsoever until I read this. I guess all that basic biology stuff I learned in school was just nonsense. Women, stop getting yourselves pregnant!

      April 11, 2012 at 19:30 | Report abuse |
  47. Julian

    Where are the stats for the other racial groups ex. White ???

    April 12, 2012 at 03:33 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. memo2

    when you're lonely think about it.

    April 12, 2012 at 08:03 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. Some Southern Tea Bagger

    But... I thought the yankee libruls with their fancy book lernin were turning our children into godless sluuts! How could this be?

    April 12, 2012 at 10:55 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. RealTeenMom

    Last year I gave birth to a beautiful baby boy, Eamon. I was about to be 19. His dad was someone I met on my senior year Spring Break Trip and despite using birth control and a condom I became pregnant. I had a lot of plans and I gave a lot of those up for my son. I go to school, work, and take care of my son. Yes, thankfully I have a Mom who let's me live with her. I do my share house work and take care of some of the bills I can help with. I understand that there are a lot of sorry teen moms. I even know teen moms who leave their kids at home with their Momma's so they can have thier own lives. However there are some of us who understand that we have brought a kid into the world that we are in charge of taking care of. I'm doing the best I can.
    As much as I love Eamon and believe he's the best thing I have ever done, I would totally reccomend for other teens not to get pregnant. It's really hard when the guy isn't there to be for his son.

    April 12, 2012 at 11:43 | Report abuse | Reply
    • John

      You're a living example of why PEOPLE SHOULD WAIT UNTIL THEY'RE MARRIED TO HAVE SEX.

      If I was your mother I would have forced you to put the kid up for adoption or I would have kicked you out.

      April 12, 2012 at 14:05 | Report abuse |
    • 316

      So what you're saying is you met some random guy and were sleeping with him within a week. IE. you f#uuck on the first date.

      Classy.

      April 12, 2012 at 14:07 | Report abuse |
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