- Apr 25, 2011
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- Austin, Texas
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This is great news...worth reading the following.
The national teen birth rate has fallen to a record low, according to a new analysis released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
From 2006 to 2014, the teen birth rate declined 41 percent. In 2014, there were 24.2 births for every 1,000 adolescent females — the lowest rate ever recorded.
The biggest decline was among Hispanic and black teens, whose birth rates dropped by almost half since 2006. Yet even with that dramatic reduction, they still remain twice as likely to give birth in their teens as their white peers.
He credited the reduction in births to teens having less sex and more consistent use of contraception.
CDC Director Tom Frieden applauded the country’s progress, but said that too many teens are still having babies.
“By better understanding the many factors that contribute to teen pregnancy we can better design, implement, evaluate, and improve prevention interventions and further reduce disparities,” he said in a statement.
The CDC also found that in some states that boast relatively low teen birth rates, pockets with high birth rates persist and require extra attention. Many counties with the highest teen birth rates were located in the South and Southwest.
According to research cited by the CDC, teen births cost the U.S. approximately $9.4 billion each year.