For once, good news about teenagers. According to the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, between 1990 and 2009, the number of black teenage girls having babies have dropped 51 percent. Latina teens have also seen a significant drop in pregnancy–down 40 percent over those same years.
Why the shift? Campaign CEO Sarah Brown says, “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.” The number of abortions teens are getting declined during that time, too, by 16.6 percent. That means teens are being more responsible for their bodies, more so than maybe parents want to give them credit for.
Teen pregnancy peaked for everyone in 1990 but the rate has steadily gone down since then. Still, it’s great news to know there’s such a big change for black and Latina teens. That means parents are doing something right.
How have you talked to your kids about pregnancy?