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CDC Announces All Time Low Birth Rate. Teen Pregnancy Is Down 17% from 2007

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  • Center Left
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    Denton, TX
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    In April 2012, the CDC released their statistics for pregnancies. The teen birth rate nationwide is down a whopping 17% from 2007. That is huge. The CDC attributes this change to

    "increased use of contraception at first initiation of sex and use of
    dual methods of contraception (that is, condoms and hormonal methods) among sexually active
    female and male teenagers."


    More and more research shows that abstinence only sex education is ineffective. Teens are going to have sex. It is going to happen. He is just one more piece that when teens know about contraception and the benefits of it's use, they will use it.
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    Zach F Wrote: In April 2012, the CDC released their statistics for pregnancies. The teen birth rate nationwide is down a whopping 17% from 2007. That is huge. The CDC attributes this change to

    "increased use of contraception at first initiation of sex and use of
    dual methods of contraception (that is, condoms and hormonal methods) among sexually active
    female and male teenagers."


    More and more research shows that abstinence only sex education is ineffective. Teens are going to have sex. It is going to happen. He is just one more piece that when teens know about contraception and the benefits of it's use, they will use it.
    Why is this not made known, more than it has? This is great news and these young kids deserve high praise for, at least, practicing safer sex and preventing unnecessary pregnancies, which would really add to societies already abundant problems. I'm really proud of them and hope they continue to use responsible, good, common, sense. This should be spread by the news media, radio, PBS, churches. schools, every outlet possible. We get heavy doses of the reality TV shows but not THIS?! We should not be proud of ourselves. Our priorities are currently in a tailspin. Proud of you young ladies, you make me more assured for the future of our country. Keep up the good work!
  • Democrat
    Philadelphia, PA
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    That is good news but do they have the stats broken down by demographics, such as high school vs. collage students, suburban vs. urban, I figure this stat would really show what method is working and we can begin to work on making it work better.
  • Center Left
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    Central, FL
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    I think this is great news. We don't need babies having babies (to quote an old line). Maybe with this trend, the young can get
    started/established in their lives before taking on a huge financial responsibility. Although, if you're willing to work for it.......
    I believe there are benefits to having children while you are young. My wife and I did and we were empty nesters before we were 50.
    And we are young grandparents as well.
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    TJ Wrote: I think this is great news. We don't need babies having babies (to quote an old line). Maybe with this trend, the young can get
    started/established in their lives before taking on a huge financial responsibility. Although, if you're willing to work for it.......
    I believe there are benefits to having children while you are young. My wife and I did and we were empty nesters before we were 50.
    And we are young grandparents as well.
    However do not forget the power of the "churches" they will undo this with all the means they have: "you will go to hell" for sure.
  • Democrat
    Philadelphia, PA
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    My church has no problem with unwed mothers ,we often reach out to them and try to keep their growing concerns at a minimum, there is no condemnation or Judgement from our pulpit, if the rate is going down I would prefer that it was because of an increase in personal responsibilty and not because of better birth control methods.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    Colorado Springs, CO
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    Here are the statistics broken down by demographics from the US Department of Health and Human Services:

    Trends in Teen Pregnancy and Childbearing

    "In 2012, there were 29.4 births for every 1,000 adolescent females ages 15-19, or 305,420 babies born to females in this age group.[1] Nearly eighty-nine percent of these births occurred outside of marriage[1].

    "The 2012 teen birth rate indicates a decline of six percent from 2011 when the birth rate was 31.3 per 1,000.[1]The teen birth rate has declined almost continuously over the past 20 years. In 1991, the U.S. teen birth rate was 61.8 births for every 1,000 adolescent females, compared with 29.4 births for every 1,000 adolescent females in 2012 (see Figure 1).

    "Still, the U.S. teen birth rate is higher than that of many other developed countries, including Canada and the United Kingdom.

    "In 2012, 72 percent of all teen births occurred to 18- to 19-year-olds.

    "Birth rates are also higher among Hispanic and black adolescents than among their white counterparts. In 2012, Hispanic adolescent females ages 15-19 had the highest birth rate (46.3 births per 1,000 adolescent females), followed by black adolescent females (43.9 births per 1,000 adolescent females) and white adolescent females (20.5 births per 1,000 adolescent females.)"

    Looking at the map, the two states with the highest rate of teen pregnancies are Mississippi and Arkansas.

    I suggest you go to the website at the link above to look at the graphical trends.