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Teen Pregnancy Rates Hit Historic Lows

Wednesday, 07 May 2014 03:30 PM

Teen pregnancy rates have hit record lows across the country, with nearly 615,000 teen pregnancies occurring each year in the United States, according to the Guttmacher Institute.

The report, by the reproductive health research and policy advocacy group, is based on analysis of public health and birth certificate data from 2010, (the most recent available) detailing teen pregnancy rates by state, age, race, and ethnicity.

In 2010, approximately 6 percent of teens became pregnant, the lowest rate in more than 30 years. That’s nearly 58 pregnancies per 1,000 teenage women, a 51 percent drop from the peak rate in 1990. From 2008 to 2010 alone, there was a 15 percent drop.

Experts attributed the decline in teen pregnancy to an increase in contraceptive use and overall access to health services, The Boston Globe reports.

“The decline in the teen pregnancy rate is great news,” said lead author Kathryn Kost said in a statement with the report’s release. “Other reports had already demonstrated sustained declines in births among teens in the past few years; but now we know that this is due to the fact that fewer teens are becoming pregnant in the first place. It appears that efforts to ensure teens can access the information and contraceptive services they need to prevent unwanted pregnancies are paying off.”

Between 2008 and 2010, the teen pregnancy rate declined in all 50 states. Larger trends around fertility behaviors and economics, especially the recession in 2008, study authors wrote, may have played a larger role in the recent decline.

Arizona had the greatest drop (27 percent) in teen pregnancies in those two years, dropping from 82 to 60 pregnancies per 1,000 women. Nevada, Delaware, and Georgia also experienced substantial declines.

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