Teen pregnancy is a serious concern in America. According to the Alan Guttmacher Institute AGI , a nonprofit corporation that engages in reproductive health research, policy analysis, and public education, , teens became pregnant in See Figure 5. The United States has the highest rate of teen pregnancies, births, and abortions among Western industrialized countries.
U.S. Teen Pregnancy and Abortion Rates
Abortion For Teenagers: Reasons, Legal Aspects And Rights
In , a total of , babies were born to women aged 15—19 years, for a birth rate of This is another record low for U. Although reasons for the declines are not totally clear, evidence suggests these declines are due to more teens abstaining from sexual activity, and more teens who are sexually active using birth control than in previous years. Still, the U. Teen birth rates declined from to for most racial groups and for Hispanics. In , the birth rates of Hispanic teens Among some states with low overall teen birth rates, some counties have high teen birth rates.
Rape-related pregnancy: estimates and descriptive characteristics from a national sample of women
Jump to navigation Skip navigation. Researchers from the University of Washington found that adolescents who receive comprehensive sex education are significantly less likely to become pregnant than adolescents who receive abstinence-only-until-marriage or no formal sex education. The study, based on a national survey of 1, teens ages 15 to 19, is the first population-level evaluation of the effectiveness of both abstinence-only and comprehensive sex education programs. The results are very promising for comprehensive sex education.
Objective: We attempted to determine the national rape-related pregnancy rate and provide descriptive characteristics of pregnancies that result from rape. Study design: A national probability sample of adult American women took part in a 3-year longitudinal survey that assessed the prevalence and incidence of rape and related physical and mental health outcomes. Results: The national rape-related pregnancy rate is 5. Among 34 cases of rape-related pregnancy, the majority occurred among adolescents and resulted from assault by a known, often related perpetrator.