In the 2013 a total of 273,105 babies were born to women in the age range of 1519 years, live birth rate 26.5 per 1,000 women. Even though this is a record low for the
United States, teen in this age group has dropped of 10% from 2012. In the age group of
15-17 birth rates have fell 13%. For women in the age group of 18-19 has dropped about
8%. Still in the United States, teen pregnancy rate is higher than other western
While factors to why the decline, teens may not be as sexually active as previous
years or the sexually active teens are using some form of contraception.
Teen birth rates declined for all race. Hispanics in 2013 from 2012 among the age
of 15-19 fell about 9%. For no Hispanics whites about 11%, blacks and American
Indian/Alaska Natives, and 10% for Asian/ Pacific Islanders. Blacks and Hispanic teens
make up about 57% of the United States teen births in 2013.
Not only does this affect the mother and children of the teen mother. Also brings
social and economic cost through immediate and long-term impacts.
2010, teen pregnancy and childbirth accounted for at least 9.4 billion in cost to
U.S taxpayers. Some cost include health care and foster care.
About 50% of teens moms receive their high school diploma by the age of 22
years. Teen pregnancy is one of the reasons why teen moms drop out of school. Children
of teen moms are likely to have lower school achievements and drop out themselves,
have more health problems, and give birth as teens.
It is very important to educate our youth about sex and safe sex. Our youths need
to be fully aware of the consequences. I believe that sex education is very important.
Teens have the right to know, and to live a happy and healthy lifestyle. One way is
abstinence, and wait until your ready. If and when you are ready understand and know all
of your options of contraception what is available.
Some of the contraception that is available now...