Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Pregnancy, Birth, and Abortion Rates for Teenagers

Good news. The pregnancy, birth, and abortion rates for U.S. teenagers in the 15-17 age group have been steadily declining:

Since 1990, pregnancy rates have declined substantially for teenagers aged 15-17 years. From 1990 to 2000, the pregnancy rate decreased 33%, from 80.3 per 1,000 females to 53.5, a record low. The birth rate declined 42%, from its peak at 38.6 in 1991 to 22.4 in 2003. The induced abortion rate peaked in 1983 at 30.7 and decreased by more than half to 14.5 by 2000.

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