Teen Birth Rate Falls to Historic Lows, FYSB’s Commitment to Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Remains High
The U.S. teen birth rate fell to a historic low in 2011, 31.3 births per 1,000 women, according to a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in February in the journal Pediatrics.
The birth rate for 15- to 19-year-olds decreased 8 percent from 2010 to 2011, continuing a 20-year decline. If teen birth rates hadn’t started declining in 1991, the report’s authors write, the United States would have seen 3.6 million additional births to women ages 15 to 19 years.
“FYSB’s Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention grantees work tirelessly to educate young people on why they should delay having kids,” says Family and Youth Services Bureau Acting Associate Commissioner, Debbie Powell. “We are delighted that these new numbers continue to demonstrate the good work that they and other teen pregnancy prevention programs do every day across the country.”
FYSB’s Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program supports comprehensive sex education, adulthood preparation programs and abstinence education.