There is some good news about teenage pregnancy. The number of teenage pregnancies has dropped to the lowest rate since 1991. The most recent statistics were compiled from 2009.
In that year there were 410,000 teenage girls between age 15 and 19 who gave birth in the United States. In a story on cnn.com/health the stats were given by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These figures were a 37 percent decrease from 1991 when the birth rate for teenage girls was 61.8 births for every 1,000 women. That rate now is 39.1 teenage births per 1,000 women. Although progress has been made, more needs to be done to help prevent teenage pregnancies.
Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, the director of the CDC said, "still too many teens are having babies. Preventing teen pregnancy can protect the health and quality of life of teenagers, their children, and their families throughout the United States". The CDC said about 1,100 teenage women give birth every day. That is about 1 in 10 new mothers is a teen. The birth rate for Hispanics or African American teens is nearly double that of white teens. There is a huge cost to the taxpayer for these pregnancies. It is about $9 billion a year. The CDC website has more information on teenage births on cdc.gov.