Teen Pregnancy Rate Decreased

Zennie Abraham / Zennie62
Zennie Abraham / Zennie62


CNN reports that teen pregnancy is at the lowest rate that it has been at in two decades – which may seem incredible when there are all sorts of television shows on MTV that seem to be glorifying the act of teenage pregnancy.

The article is researched and written by the well-known and respected Sanjay Gupta who uses statistics found from the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention:

“In 2009, around 410,000 teenage girls, ages 15 to 19, gave birth in the United States. That’s a 37 percent decrease from the teen birth rate in1991. Then, 61.8 births per every 1,000 females was a teen pregnancy. The rate has now dropped to 39.1 births per 1,000 women. Yet according to the United Nations, the rate of teen pregnancy in the United States is nearly nine times higher than in the majority of other developed nations.”

The article then goes to state a fact that seems quite shocking:

“Combined, all teen pregnancies cost taxpayers about $9 billion a year.”

WHAT? That statement alone should be enough to make parents educate their teens on safe sex and do whatever it takes to keep them from getting pregnant. Wow.

About the Author

Nikky Raney
Because I'm Nikky Raney & you're not. Student, blogger & aspiring journalist as well as editor. I have already been a paid journalist and I have a lot of experience. Worked for political campaigns as well as at a television station. I am currently attending New England School of Communications in Bangor, Maine. I was Managing Editor and was one of the creators in 2006 of the largest student run newspaper in New England: The Tide, at Dover High School in Dover, New Hampshire. I was born June 7, 1990 in the Philippines. My personal site is The Future of Journalism - NikkyRaney.com You can follow me on twitter - http://twitter.com/nikkyraney

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