Teen Pregnancy Rate Reaches Another Historic Low: A Statement from The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy

Dec 05 2013

(Washington, DC)—The teen pregnancy rate in the United States continued to decline in 2009, according to data released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics. Since peaking in 1990, pregnancy has declined 52% for 15-17 year-olds and 36% for 18-19 year-olds.

"The decline has been fueled by three factors: more teens are waiting to have sex; they also report fewer sexual partners and better use of contraception," said Sarah Brown, CEO of The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. "In short, the credit for this remarkable national success story goes to teens themselves. Unfortunately, precious few adults are aware of this national success story.In fact, nearly half of Americans incorrectly believe the teen pregnancy rate in the U.S. has increased over the past two decades."

Other findings from the new data include: 

  • Between 1990 and 2009, pregnancy rates have fallen by 51% for non-Hispanic white and non-Hispanic black teens.
  • During this same period, pregnancy rates have fallen by 40% for Hispanic teens.

Visit www.cdc.gov/nchs to see the entire NCHS report. Visit www.TheNationalCampaign.org for more information about teen pregnancy and childbearing, tips for parents, and other resources.

About The National Campaign: The National Campaign is a private, non-profit organization that seeks to improve the lives and future prospects of children and families by preventing teen and unplanned pregnancy.Please visit www.TheNationalCampaign.org to find out more.

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