American Teens Are Slightly Less Pregnant Than In Years Past

Good news! Refusing to teach hormone-addled adolescents about how their bodies work and restricting them from contraceptive choices actually works!

Just kidding. No, it still doesn’t. But the teen birth rate in the United States has dropped to record lows.

New data from the Centers for Disease Control on 2011 birth rates have found that only three percent of girls ages 15  to 19 became pregnant, which is an eight point drop from 2010. The number of teen mothers and mothers in their 20s have dropped, while 30- and 40-something moms are on the rise.

Dr. Krishna Upadhya of Johns Hopkins University told Reuters health she believes this good news on teen pregnancy is a direct result of teens access to reproductive health care (which confirms what the CDC itself thinks): “I think the main thing behind this is increased contraceptive use, and better contraceptive use.” This proves common sense, of course, but you would be surprised at the number of people who think that access to birth control encourages more promiscuous behavior and abortions, when the facts show the exact opposite.

The news isn’t all good: low-income women and women of color are still adversely affected by access to reproductive health care. And you, state of Mississippi, still have your head in the sand that abstinence-only sex education. But it’s a good start.


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