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The National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy was founded in 1996 to combat the nation’s incredibly high rates of teen pregnancy. We are proud to report that over the last two plus decades, teen pregnancy and birth rates have reached historic lows: the teen pregnancy rate has declined 55%, teen births have plummeted by 64%, and there has been significant progress across all racial and ethnic groups.

However, progress has been uneven. Rates among non-Hispanic black teens and Hispanic teens remain more than twice as high as they are among non-Hispanic white teens.

Unplanned pregnancy continues to be a challenge for young women. More than two thirds of all pregnancies among unmarried women between 20 and 29 years old are reported by the women themselves to be unplanned.

Young women of color are also more likely to experience an unplanned pregnancy than their non-Hispanic white counterparts. And the majority of all unplanned pregnancies are among unmarried young women who live at or below the poverty line. These unplanned pregnancies pose a variety of health and socioeconomic challenges for these women—and by extension, their children. With our new strategic goals, we are ready to meet these challenges.

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