Roughly one in four teen girls become pregnant at least once by age 20 and fully half of all pregnancies in the United States are reported by women themselves as unplanned. Not too good.

By posting some intemperate thoughts about sex, love, relationships, pregnancy, childbearing, the media, public policy, our dogs, and other topics, we hope to spark a two-way discussion about how best to bring down the high rates of teen and unplanned pregnancy in this country. And who knows…from time to time, we might even offer up a few cogent thoughts that will be helpful.

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Contraception, Education, Federal Funding, Media, Parents, Public Policy, State and Local, Teen Pregnancy, Teens, Unplanned Pregnancy
February 10, 2016

The below post is an excerpt from the National Conference of State Legislatures blog, writen by Emily Heller, research analyst in NCSL’s Health program.

The U.S. teen birth rate reached another record low in 2014, with 24.2 births per 1,000 females ages 15 to 19.

On the decline since 1991, the U.S. teen birth rate dropped 9 percent between 2013 and 2014 alone, according to data recently released by the National Center for Health Statistics.

Significantly, teen birth rates declined for every race and ethnic group, where wide disparities have historically persisted. While the teen birth rate for Hispanic and black teens is still more than twice the rate for white teens, the new data reveal that this disparity continues to narrow. The teen birth rate declined by 11 percent for black teens, 9 percent for Hispanic teens and 7 percent for white teens in 2014, respectively.

These new data contribute to the historic declines in the teen birth rate over the past decade—the rate plummeted 42 percent between 2007 and 2014. Impressively, dramatic reductions were seen in all 50 states.

With the high social and economic costs associated with teen births, the teen birth rate drop is a major success for states and the nation.

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