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  1. 3 in 10 teen American girls will get pregnant at least once before age 20. That’s nearly 750,000 teen pregnancies every year.
  2. Parenthood is the leading reason that teen girls drop out of school. More than 50% of teen mothers never graduate from high school. Aid young parents by starting a Babysitters Club so they can take GED classes. Sign up for Babysitters Club.
  3. About 25% of teen moms have a 2nd child within 24 months of their first baby.
  4. Less than 2% of teen moms earn a college degree by age 30.
  5. The United States has one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the western industrialized world.

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  1. In 2011, the teen birthrate in the United States fell to the lowest level recorded in nearly 70 years of tracking teen childbearing.
  2. In 2008, the teen pregnancy rate among African-American and Hispanic teen girls, ages 15 to 19, was over two and a half times higher than the teen pregnancy rate among white teen girls of the same age group.
  3. 8 out of 10 teen dads don’t marry the mother of their child.
  4. A sexually active teen who doesn’t use contraceptives has a 90% chance of becoming pregnant within a year.
  5. More than half of all mothers on welfare had their first child as a teenager. In fact, two-thirds of families begun by a young, unmarried mother are poor.
  6. Teens had fewer babies in 2010 than in any year since the mid-1940s.

Sources

  • 1

    Kost, Kathryn, and Stanley Henshaw. “U.S. Teenage Pregnancies, Births and Abortions 2008: National Trends by Age, Race and Ethnicity.” New York: Guttmacher Institute. [Online]. Accessed February 11, 2014, .

  • 2

    StayTeen. "Stay Informed: Teen Pregnancy." StayTeen. Accessed March 10, 2015. .

  • 3

    HealthResearchFunding.org. "22 Important Unplanned Teenage Pregnancy Statistics." HealthResearchFunding.org. Accessed March 10, 2015. .

  • 4

    StayTeen. "Stay Informed: Teen Pregnancy." StayTeen. Accessed March 5, 2015. .

  • 5

    Boonstra, H. "Teen Pregnancy: Trends And Lessons Learned." The Guttmacher Report on Public Policy 5, no. 1 (2002). Accessed February 11, 2014, http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/tgr/05/1/gr050107.html.

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    Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc. "Pregnancy and Childbearing Among U.S. Teens." PlannedParenthood.org. Accessed February 11, 2014, http://www.plannedparenthood.org/files/PPFA/pregnancy_and_childbearing.pdf.

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    Kost, Kathryn, and Stanley Henshaw. “U.S. Teenage Pregnancies, Births and Abortions 2008: National Trends by Age, Race and Ethnicity.” New York: Guttmacher Institute. [Online]. Accessed February 11, 2014, http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/USTPtrends08.pdf.

  • 8

    StayTeen. "Stay Informed: Teen Pregnancy." StayTeen. Accessed March 10, 2015. .

  • 9

    American Civil Liberties Union. "Preventing Teenagers from Getting Contraceptives Unless They Tell a Parent Puts Teens at Risk." ACLU.org. Accessed February 11, 2014, https://www.aclu.org/reproductive-freedom/preventing-teenagers-getting-contraceptives-unless-they-tell-parent-puts-teens-.

  • 10

    StayTeen. "StayInformed: Teen Pregnancy." Stay Teen. Accessed March 10, 2015. .

  • 11

    Hamilton, Ph.D., Brady E., and Stephanie J. Ventura, M.A.. "Birth Rates for U.S. Teenagers Reach Historic Lows for All Age and Ethnic Groups." CDC.gov. Accessed February 11, 2014, http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db89.htm.

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