Hot #teen trend: Not getting pregnant.
ABC News reports on new numbers from the CDC, which has found that America’s teen birth rate dropped 41 percent between 2006 and 2014. “From 2006–2007 to 2013–2014, the overall birth rate for teens declined significantly in every state, with the percentage decline ranging from 13% (North Dakota) to 48% (Arizona). In nearly every state, there was a significant decline for all three racial/ethnic groups assessed,” said the report.
Break the data out further, and you’ll see even steeper dips, with the announcement framed as “Reduced Disparities in Birth Rates Among Teens Aged 15–19 Years.”
The largest decline occurred among Hispanics (51%, from 77.4 to 38.0), followed by blacks (44%, from 61.9 to 34.9), and then whites (35%, from 26.7 to 17.3) Correspondingly, the birth rate ratio for Hispanic teens and black teens compared with white teens declined from 2.9 to 2.2 and from 2.3 to 2.0, respectively.
“These data underscore that the solution to our nation’s teen pregnancy problem is not going to be a one-size-fits-all—teen birth rates vary greatly across state lines and even within states,” said CDC health scientist Lisa Romero.
The rate of live births per 1,000 teens 15 to 19 has dropped a whopping 61 percent since 1991, all in all. However, CDC director Tom Friedman stressed the numbers still aren’t ideal, and they’ll keep plugging away: “The United States has made remarkable progress in reducing both teen pregnancy and racial and ethnic differences, but the reality is, too many American teens are still having babies.”