The teen pregnancy rate in the United States has been declining in the past 20 years. In , the United States teen birth rate was In , it decreased to Despite these lower rates, the U. Teen pregnancy has substantial health, economic, and social costs.
Teen Pregnancy Rates Have Plummeted, But Not In Parts Of Texas
Teen Birth Data - The Texas Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy
By Molly Clayton , April 29, What all of these stories have in common is a young person who is likely to experience additional barriers to opportunity. Given public cost savings from averting unintended teen pregnancies, thoughtful members of the Texas Legislature on both sides of the aisle are supporting two commonsense measures this session. One deals with repeat births to teen mothers, and the other streamlines access for reproductive health care coverage to teens already eligible for existing programs.
Teen pregnancy and childbearing are at historic lows and there has been impressive progress on both fronts in all 50 states. Even so, in there were 24, births to teens. As of there were 53, pregnancies among teens age 15 to 19 in Texas. Notes: the data here represents the most recently available from a variety of sources.
Across the U. To understand why teen pregnancy rates are so high in some parts of Texas, you need to meet Jessica Chester. When Chester was in high school in Garland, she decided she wanted to become a doctor. The KERA radio story. But right before her senior year, Chester missed her period.