Study: Black Teenage Pregnancy Rates On Sharp Decline

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Study: Black Teenage Pregnancy Rates On Sharp Decline

By Hannington Dia

 

black-pregnantPregnancy rates among Black teenagers is on a steady decline, according to a recent study by the National Center For Health Statistics, which is a part of the Centers For Disease Control.

Between 1990 and 2009, pregnancy rates fell by 51 percent  for non-Hispanic Blacks and non-Hispanic White teens. Sarah Brown, ceo of The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy,

attributed the drop to three reasons, “More teens are waiting to have sex; they also report fewer sexual partners and better use of contraception. In short, the credit for this remarkable national success story goes to teens themselves.

Unfortunately, precious few adults are aware of this national success story. In fact, nearly half of Americans incorrectly believe that the teen pregnancy rate in the United States has increased over the past two decades.”

Per the study, pregnancy rates reached historic lows for minority teens in 2009, reaching 102.1 per every 1,000 women ages 15-44. That number is the lowest in 12 years; only 1997′s 101.6 rate has been lower within the last 30 years. Rates have also declined 10 percent each for married

and unmarried women since 1990; however, they were found to be highest amongst women in their 20s. The overall number and rate of pregnancy was highest for women ages 25 to 29 in 2009. This was followed by women ages 20 to 24.

Abortion rates saw a strong decline between 1976 and 2009. The 2009 abortion rate was 32 percent lower than 1990′s rate. In summary of the data, the CDC noted the changes to the shifting economy and better birth control practices among women:

It has been suggested that the declining economy, beginning in 2007, has likely played a role in the decreased rates for women under age 40. For teenagers, evidence shows that trends in the behavioral determinants of pregnancy are consistent with the declines in their pregnancy rates. For example, the latest NSFG data show a continuation of a long-term downward trend in the percentage of teenagers who are sexually experienced, and a long-term upward trend in the use of contraception at first se. The degree to which pregnancies are unintended or unplanned also contributes to understanding the rates, not only for teenagers, but for women of all ages.”

 

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3 Comments on “Study: Black Teenage Pregnancy Rates On Sharp Decline”

  1. Percy Shey

    Thank you for this article pastor. All is not lost lets hope things continue to improve. Thank you again for your perseverance & obedience to serve God & lead his people. Blessings for you & the family

  2. Tala

    As believers we must TRAIN our children. If more of us who profess christianity would teach our children to abstain from sex until marriage these numbers would grow even more. Many parents take a backseat in that area of their children’s lives. In case no one has noticed the current message from society to kids is “do what thou wilt” which translates to sleep with who you want when you want as much as you want. After 20 years of fornication, I can attest that you’re left with much baggage that’s totally preventable by abstinence. It’s not popular but it’s for our own good! Protective measures to prevent pregnancy IS NOT the answer for the children being raised in the admonition of the Lord. If you love your kids teach them what thus said the Lord, not use a contraceptive and go for it. Fornication is a sin that will cause you to miss the Kingdom of heaven. What parent wants that for their child? We must be wise and remember we’re in the world but not of the world. We don’t partake in sexual sin no matter how good the numbers look. God is holding us responsible for the failure to teach the children He’s entrusted in our care.

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