Teen Birth Rate Reaches Historic Low in 2012

The teenage birth rate fell yet again in 2012, reaching a historic low not seen since the end of World War II, according to a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Just over 29 births per 1,000 youth ages 15 to 19 were reported in 2012, a 6-percent drop from the previous year. The U.S. birth rate has dropped consecutively each year since spiking slightly in 2007.

The CDC report highlights the impact of a comprehensive federal strategy to prevent adolescent pregnancy, said Resa Matthew, director of the Division of Adolescent Development and Support at the Family and Youth Services Bureau. FYSB funds six programs that support state, Tribal and community efforts to promote comprehensive sex education, adulthood preparation programs and abstinence education. Other federal teen pregnancy prevention programs are funded by the CDC and the Office of Adolescent Health.

“We’re proud of the family and youth workers who dedicate their careers to helping teens make more informed decisions about their sexual and reproductive choices,” Matthew said. “They know all young people deserve the chance to avoid becoming parents too soon, and we’re committed to supporting our grantees in those efforts.”