Although teen pregnancy and birth rates have dropped the past two decades, states still face the reality that black and Latina teens are more than twice as likely as white teens to become pregnant. Despite this, black and Latina girls are more than twice as likely as white girls to become pregnant before they leave adolescence. This glass half-full, half-empty scenario is a dilemma that continues to confound states.
Birth rates among black and Latina teenagers have fallen dramatically over the past decade, but these young women are still often three times as likely as their white peers to have babies, a new government report finds. It varies a lot across the U. And the reasons are sadly familiar: high unemployment rates, parents who have less education, and high poverty levels.
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Teen birth rates declined from to from 89 to 52 births per 1, females ages 15 to 19then remained steady through From toteen birth rates increased from 50 to 62 per 1, a nearly 25 percent rise in seven years. However, from tobirth rates declined by more than a third, from 62 to 40 per 1, women.
Ina total ofbabies were born to women aged 15—19 years, for a birth rate of This is another record low for U. Although reasons for the declines are not totally clear, evidence suggests these declines are due to more teens abstaining from sexual activity, and more teens who are sexually active using birth control than in previous years.
Inthere were Nearly nine in ten Not all teen births are first births.
Reducing disparities in teen pregnancy and birth rates among African American and Latina teens is a central focus of a community-wide teen pregnancy prevention initiative implemented by the South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. Disparities in teen pregnancy and birth rates are driven, in part, by differential access to contraception and reproductive health care services. As a part of this community-wide initiative, eight focus groups were conducted in the Fall of with African American and Latino male and female youth from two communities in South Carolina.
Change Indicator. Select Table Type:. Definitions: Births to teenagers age 15 through 19 by race and ethnicity.
Power to Decide, the campaign to prevent unplanned pregnancy, believes that all young people should have the opportunity to pursue the future they want, to realize their greatest possibility, and to fully follow their intentions. This includes having the power to decide if, when, and under what circumstances to get pregnant. The nation has made remarkable progress.
Problem: Though it has been declining, the United States still has the highest teen birth rate of any developed country— And teen mothers tend to face educational challenges—less than one-third finish high school and less than 2 percent graduate from college. A new study published in the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory looks at schools in Georgia, and how the presence of minority and female teachers could affect teen pregnancy rates.