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Teen Births Have Hit A New Record Low

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As More Young Americans Are Using Birth Control, Teen Births Have Hit A New Record Low

By Tara Culp-Ressler on September 6, 2013 at 8:59 am

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The U.S. teen birth rate has hit its lowest point in the entire 73 years that the government has been collecting the data, according to a new report from the National Center for Health Statistics. Researchers say that’s partly because more youth are now opting to use effective forms of birth control.

In 2012, there were 29.4 births for every thousand Americans teens between the ages of 15 and 19. That represents a six percent drop from the year before — and fits into a larger pattern of declining teen births across the country. The teen birth rate has been steadily falling since 1991. At this point, there are less than half the number of children born to teenage mothers than there were in 1970, when the teen birth rate hit its peak.

Dr. John Santelli, a professor of population and family health at Columbia University who was not connected to the government study, told NBC News that the 2012 figures represent “a considerable one year drop.” But Santelli also noted that isn’t because there’s been much change in teenagers’ sexual activity over the past decade. There aren’t fewer adolescents having sex, and there aren’t an increased number of abortions being performed.

“What we have seen is greater availability of much more effective birth control methods,” Santelli explained. Particularly as more medical professionals have been recommending long-lasting forms of contraception to their teenage patients, Santelli believes more adolescents have been able to take effective steps to avoid pregnancy.

“This stunning turnaround in teen birth represents one of the nation’s great success stories of the past two decades,” Bill Albert, the chief program officer at the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, told U.S. News & World Report. “This report shows that significant progress can and has been made on a very challenging social problem that many once considered both unsolvable and inevitable.”

Although the national teen birth rate continues to set new record lows, there are still significant regional disparities within the United States. States in the South, which tend to lack adequate sexual health instruction in public schools, still have stubbornly high teen birth rates. While some states are slowly moving away from abstinence-only education in order to attempt to change that, conservatives still tend to resist efforts to expand sexual health resources for teens.

Ultimately, though, teaching youth about birth control isn’t a controversial policy. The vast majority of Americans support expanding comprehensive sex ed — particularly after they see the direct results. In California, for example, teen births plunged by 60 percent after the state invested more resources in sexual health education.

by on Sep. 6, 2013 at 7:13 PM
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Ms.KitKat
by Platinum Member on Sep. 8, 2013 at 5:00 AM

 The study I believe tracked births ; for adoption, this would also count as a birth. 

(although newborn adoption rates from teen moms have dropped as well; a majority of the mothers who place their babies for adoption are not teenagers. They are in their 20's and early 30's) 

Quoting Kmary:

However, the article also indicated no increase in abortions and no decrease in sexual activity.  So unless tons of these teens are giving their babies up for adoption, the take away is that sex ed and proper contraception use are working.  And that contrary to popular belief, just making bc and/or condoms available doesn't actually encourage more kids to have sex.  I think this article is great news all around.

 

Quoting AlekD:

I notice that the emphasis is on teen BIRTHS, not teen pregnancies. Which makes me sad. 

 

 

 

.OceanBlue.
by on Sep. 8, 2013 at 7:43 AM

I lean more toward the conservative side and I'm a Christian (although not fundamentalist), and I don't relate birth control to abortion.  I think that's a generalization.  Not all of us Christians see it that way.

Quoting Ms.KitKat:

 Because for the conservative Christians, even birth control is akin to abortion.

Quoting Healthystart30:

Quoting AlekD:

I notice that the emphasis is on teen BIRTHS, not teen pregnancies. Which makes me sad. 




It says right in the article that there are not increased numbers of abortions. So I don't understand why you are so sad?

 


12hellokitty
by Ruby Member on Sep. 8, 2013 at 8:19 AM


 

Quoting LauraKW:

Education. It works wonders. You should try it.

Quoting 12hellokitty:

Where are you getting there being no increase in the number of teen abortions? The report references the number of births going down based on hospital birth records. The article mentions researches saying its PARTLY because of birth control, so what is the other part?





Quoting CheesyKitty:

There is also no increase in abortions. So if the same number of teens are having sex, and the abortion number hasn't changed, but the birth rate is down, more teens are choosing not to get pregnant in the first place.



This is good news!





Quoting 12hellokitty:There is no evidence of fewer abortions listed in the report.





Quoting EmmasMom0305:" There aren’t fewer adolescents having sex, and there aren’t an increased number of abortions being performed."



“What we have seen is greater availability of much more effective birth control methods,” Santelli explained.







Don't be sad, the decline is because of birth control, not abortion.




Quoting AlekD:

I notice that the emphasis is on teen BIRTHS, not teen pregnancies. Which makes me sad. 









Debmomto2girls
by Platinum Member on Sep. 8, 2013 at 8:25 AM

The most recent statistics from the CDC are 2008 (I am trying to see of there is anything more recent). Teen abortions are decreasing. 

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/ss6015a1.htm?s_cid=ss6015a1_w

Women aged 20--29 years accounted for 57.1% of all abortions reported in 2008 and for the majority of abortions during the entire period of analysis (1999--2008). In 2008, women aged 20--29 years also had the highest abortion rates (29.6 abortions per 1,000 women aged 20--24 years and 21.6 abortions per 1,000 women aged 25--29 years). Adolescents aged 15--19 years accounted for 16.2% of all abortions in 2008 and had an abortion rate of 14.3 abortions per 1,000 adolescents aged 15--19 years; women aged ≥35 years accounted for a smaller percentage (11.9%) of abortions and had lower abortion rates (7.8 abortions per 1,000 women aged 35--39 years and 2.7 abortions per 1,000 women aged ≥40 years). Throughout the period of analysis, abortion rates decreased among adolescents aged ≤19 years, whereas they increased among women aged ≥35 years. Among women aged 20--24 years abortion rates decreased during 1999--2003 and then leveled off during 2004--2008.


Quoting 12hellokitty:


 

Quoting LauraKW:

Education. It works wonders. You should try it.

Quoting 12hellokitty:

Where are you getting there being no increase in the number of teen abortions? The report references the number of births going down based on hospital birth records. The article mentions researches saying its PARTLY because of birth control, so what is the other part?





Quoting CheesyKitty:

There is also no increase in abortions. So if the same number of teens are having sex, and the abortion number hasn't changed, but the birth rate is down, more teens are choosing not to get pregnant in the first place.



This is good news!





Quoting 12hellokitty:There is no evidence of fewer abortions listed in the report.





Quoting EmmasMom0305:" There aren’t fewer adolescents having sex, and there aren’t an increased number of abortions being performed."



“What we have seen is greater availability of much more effective birth control methods,” Santelli explained.







Don't be sad, the decline is because of birth control, not abortion.




Quoting AlekD:

I notice that the emphasis is on teen BIRTHS, not teen pregnancies. Which makes me sad. 










“No human race is superior; no religious faith is inferior. All collective judgments are wrong. Only racists make them” 
― Elie Wiesel

12hellokitty
by Ruby Member on Sep. 8, 2013 at 8:38 AM
Yes I have read this. I'm looking for the evidence of this being solely due to BC and not partially abstinence. And lets not neglect to mention while teen births have gone down teen STD have gone up.
Quoting Debmomto2girls:

The most recent statistics from the CDC are 2008 (I am trying to see of there is anything more recent). Teen abortions are decreasing. 

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/ss6015a1.htm?s_cid=ss6015a1_w

Women aged 20--29 years accounted for 57.1% of all abortions reported in 2008 and for the majority of abortions during the entire period of analysis (1999--2008). In 2008, women aged 20--29 years also had the highest abortion rates (29.6 abortions per 1,000 women aged 20--24 years and 21.6 abortions per 1,000 women aged 25--29 years). Adolescents aged 15--19 years accounted for 16.2% of all abortions in 2008 and had an abortion rate of 14.3 abortions per 1,000 adolescents aged 15--19 years; women aged ≥35 years accounted for a smaller percentage (11.9%) of abortions and had lower abortion rates (7.8 abortions per 1,000 women aged 35--39 years and 2.7 abortions per 1,000 women aged ≥40 years). Throughout the period of analysis, abortion rates decreased among adolescents aged ≤19 years, whereas they increased among women aged ≥35 years. Among women aged 20--24 years abortion rates decreased during 1999--2003 and then leveled off during 2004--2008.


Quoting 12hellokitty:


 

Quoting LauraKW:

Education. It works wonders. You should try it.

Quoting 12hellokitty:

Where are you getting there being no increase in the number of teen abortions? The report references the number of births going down based on hospital birth records. The article mentions researches saying its PARTLY because of birth control, so what is the other part?





Quoting CheesyKitty:

There is also no increase in abortions. So if the same number of teens are having sex, and the abortion number hasn't changed, but the birth rate is down, more teens are choosing not to get pregnant in the first place.



This is good news!





Quoting 12hellokitty:There is no evidence of fewer abortions listed in the report.





Quoting EmmasMom0305:" There aren’t fewer adolescents having sex, and there aren’t an increased number of abortions being performed."



“What we have seen is greater availability of much more effective birth control methods,” Santelli explained.







Don't be sad, the decline is because of birth control, not abortion.




Quoting AlekD:

I notice that the emphasis is on teen BIRTHS, not teen pregnancies. Which makes me sad. 











PamR
by Pam on Sep. 8, 2013 at 9:14 AM

It's remarkable to me that those who are so vocally anti-abortion do not care to comment on a study that finds something positive in that issue - that younger women are having fewer pregnancies and abortions.  Isn't this a good thing? 

If STDs are not decreasing, then clearly there is more work to be done in educating teens about how to prevent them.  However, the fact that the pregnancy rate is dropping, as well as the abortion rate, is a very positive trend.

Debmomto2girls
by Platinum Member on Sep. 8, 2013 at 10:05 AM
I see. I thought you were talking about abortion going up.

quote name="12hellokitty" id="0"]Yes I have read this. I'm looking for the evidence of this being solely due to BC and not partially abstinence. And lets not neglect to mention while teen births have gone down teen STD have gone up.


Quoting Debmomto2girls:

The most recent statistics from the CDC are 2008 (I am trying to see of there is anything more recent). Teen abortions are decreasing. 

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/ss6015a1.htm?s_cid=ss6015a1_w

Women aged 20--29 years accounted for 57.1% of all abortions reported in 2008 and for the majority of abortions during the entire period of analysis (1999--2008). In 2008, women aged 20--29 years also had the highest abortion rates (29.6 abortions per 1,000 women aged 20--24 years and 21.6 abortions per 1,000 women aged 25--29 years). Adolescents aged 15--19 years accounted for 16.2% of all abortions in 2008 and had an abortion rate of 14.3 abortions per 1,000 adolescents aged 15--19 years; women aged ≥35 years accounted for a smaller percentage (11.9%) of abortions and had lower abortion rates (7.8 abortions per 1,000 women aged 35--39 years and 2.7 abortions per 1,000 women aged ≥40 years). Throughout the period of analysis, abortion rates decreased among adolescents aged ≤19 years, whereas they increased among women aged ≥35 years. Among women aged 20--24 years abortion rates decreased during 1999--2003 and then leveled off during 2004--2008.


Quoting 12hellokitty:

 


Quoting LauraKW:Education. It works wonders. You should try it.

Quoting 12hellokitty:Where are you getting there being no increase in the number of teen abortions? The report references the number of births going down based on hospital birth records. The article mentions researches saying its PARTLY because of birth control, so what is the other part?


Quoting CheesyKitty:There is also no increase in abortions. So if the same number of teens are having sex, and the abortion number hasn't changed, but the birth rate is down, more teens are choosing not to get pregnant in the first place.

This is good news!


Quoting 12hellokitty:There is no evidence of fewer abortions listed in the report.


Quoting EmmasMom0305:" There aren’t fewer adolescents having sex, and there aren’t an increased number of abortions being performed."

“What we have seen is greater availability of much more effective birth control methods,” Santelli explained.



Don't be sad, the decline is because of birth control, not abortion.


Quoting AlekD:

I notice that the emphasis is on teen BIRTHS, not teen pregnancies. Which makes me sad. 

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