Lowest Since 1946
The US teen birth rate has fallen to the lowest levels in 70 years, according to a report from the National Center for Health Statistics. Rates dropped across all racial and ethnic groups and the national level of 34.3 teenage births/1000 women ages 15-19, is the lowest since 1946. In 2010, 367,752 babies were born to teens, ages 15 to 19 compared with 409, 802 the preceding year. While the report doesn’t specify why the teenage birth rate has decreased, experts credit the use of contraception or delaying sex for the record lows. They also credit public policy programs directed at addressing teen pregnancy and TV shows such as MTV’s “Teen Mom” and “16 and Pregnant.” While these shows are thought to glamorize teen pregnancy, a national survey indicates the opposite to be true.