Friday, September 6, 2013

Teenage Births Are Low Not High

According to the Center's for Disease Control as reported by USA Today teenage births have hit a historic LOW!
The article states that drop is caused by more teens are waiting to have sex and those who are having sex are using birth control and higher rates than before.


"Teen births have continued to drop, reaching a historic low in 2012 and hitting half of what they were in 1991, says a government report out Friday.
The birthrate for teens, ages 15 to 19, dropped 6% from 31.3 births per 1,000 teen girls in 2011 to 29.4 in 2012. Teen birthrates were down for all racial and ethnic groups.
This is the lowest teen birthrate since 1940 when data on teen births started being collected, says lead author Brady Hamilton, a statistician with the National Center for Health Statistics, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention." -USA TODAY

The article states that drop is caused by more teens are waiting to have sex and those who are having sex are using birth control and higher rates than before. And while this is exciting news The United States still has the HIGHEST rate of teenage pregnancy and birth in the industrialized world. 

What do you think has caused the drop?
What do you think needs to happen for the rate of teenage pregnancy to continue to decrease?

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