Teen Pregnancies On the Decline

Thursday, December 15, 2011

New research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that fewer teenage girls are becoming mothers. The birth rate for American teenagers between ages 15 to 19 has fallen 6 percent, according to the most recent data. This is the lowest since record-keeping began.

Debra Hauser is executive vice president of Advocates for Youth. She explains some of the factors behind these numbers.

Tessa Walsh became a teen mom 21 years ago. She joins the program with her 21-year-old daughter Eeliyana Paraiso, a nursing student at Lane Community College.


Debra Hauser, Eeliyana Paraiso and Tessa Walsh

Produced by:

Mythili Rao

Comments [2]

Kitty from Rhode island

Teenage pregnancy is down because teens are too busy testing and gaming to have unprotected sex.

Dec. 15 2011 10:05 AM
Pete S. from West Palm Beach, FL

I think the teen birthrate has declined because the federal government has stopped funding "Abstinence-only-until-marriage" programs. These programs have no evidence of effectiveness, they often have religious themes, they also often use gender and racial stereotyping as well as scare tactics as to the "harmful psychological and social consequences of having out-of-wedlock sex." The government's own sanctioned review of these programs (Mathematica Policy Research, 2007) indicated as much.
When President Obama ended funding for these programs, so that science based, comprehensive sex education could be taught, we see those pregnancy rates again declining.

Dec. 15 2011 10:04 AM

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