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Teen Birth Rate Falls To Historic Low. But Why?

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Why sex ed in schools is important

It goes without saying but teens will always have sex. Despite being lectured about abstinence, those raging hormones makes their brains take a backseat to their loins. Some teenagers intentionally have babies at that age but many more are surprised with their pregnancies. Lacking or not caring about contraception will always be an issue with every generation.

But news of the decline of teen birth rates is amazing. As many teens lack the means and experience to raise children, it’s unfortunate that they lose their youth for responsibility. Plus many argue that young parents are drain on society. Regardless of opinion, the fact is less and less teenagers are having kids.

teenage mother with baby

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Find out why more millennials aren’t becoming teen moms. And it has nothing to do with abortion

A rollercoaster ride

teen birth rate graph

Source: Center for Disease Control

Back in the ’90s the amount of teens having babies was at an alarming high. Now they are at an all time low. In 2012, 29.4 out of every 1,000 girls between the ages of 15 and 19 gave birth in the U.S. Compared to 20 years ago, where there were 61.8 births per 1,000 teen girls. Despite the good news, it’s important to keep in mind that we still having the highest teen birth rate of any developed nation.

Everyone’s on board

happy teens

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Despite some people’s assumption, the birthrate among teens has occurred in all parts in the country and amongst all races. But the most dramatic changes have been among Hispanic and black teens, whose birthrates have dropped nearly 50 percent since 2006.