Teen birth rate falls again

The teen birth rate has fallen by 44 percent from 1991 to 2010, reports the Centers for Disease Control. Births for teens 15 to 17 years old dropped 12 percent from 2009 to 2010.

Birth rates ranged from 10.9 per 1,000 Asian-American teens to 23.5 for non-Hispanic whites, 51.5 for non-Hispanic blacks and 55.7 for Hispanics. Rates are declining for all groups, but the black teen birth rate has fallen the fastest.

Teens are more likely to use contraception “at first initiation of sex” and to use condoms and hormonal methods, reports the CDC.

Years ago, a Rand study said the best birth control for teenage girls was a “realistic” plan to attend college. Now that nearly all teens plan to go to college — not always realistically — they may be more likely to listen to pregnancy prevention advice.

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  1. Stacy in NJ says:

    If you look at these statistic demographically they’re pretty horrify for the poor and the working class who are significantly more likely to have a teen pregnancy. 50% of all births among the white working class are illegitimate. The figure is around 75% for African Americans.