Teen births reach record low

Birth rates for girls age 15 to 17 dropped to a record low of 22 per 1,000 in 2003, according to a federal study. In 1991, teen birth rates peaked at 39 per 1,000. The birth rate is 12 per 1,000 for white girls, 39 for blacks and 50 for Hispanics. Child mortality also declined; the child vaccination rate is up. However, child poverty rate increased; there was no change in alcohol use.

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