Recent Changes in the US Teen Birth Rate
After peaking in the early 1990s, the nation’s teen pregnancy and birth rates have declined dramatically—teen pregnancy is down 55%; teen births have plummeted by 67%. Since the federal, evidence-based Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) Program and the Personality Responsibility Education Program (PREP) were established in 2010, the teen birth rate in the U.S. has declined 41%, a drop about twice as large as the decline in any other 6-year period. Despite this accelerating progress, some policymakers want to eliminate the TPP Program. But we have to ask—why mess with success?
Publication date: July 2017