Hooray! Black Teen Pregnancy Rates Drop By 51 Percent
With all of the negative headlines floating around about Black America’s youth in recent years, here’s a little positivity for you on this lovely Tuesday afternoon. According to the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, between 1990 and 2009, the pregnancy rate among Black teens in the United States has declined significantly—51 percent to be exact. This rate has also decreased by 40 percent for Hispanic teens. Campaign CEO Sarah Brown credits three factors for this historic low.
“The decline has been fueled by three factors: more teens are waiting to have sex; they also report fewer sexual partners and better use of contraception,” said Brown
Teen pregnancy rates among all races peaked in 1990, but have since declined by 52 percent among 15-17 year-olds and 36 percent among 18-19 year-olds. Brown adds that the credit for this dramatic decline actually goes to the teens themselves.
“The credit for this remarkable national success story goes to teens themselves,” said Brown. Unfortunately, precious few adults are aware of the good news. In fact, nearly half of Americans incorrectly believe the teen pregnancy rate in the U.S has increased over the past two decades.”
This is fantastic news!
Were you aware that teen pregnancy rates in the U.S. were on the decline?