A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that North Carolina's teen birth rate* declined 27% between 2007 and 2011. The decline outpaced the national decline in teen birth rates, which was 25% over the same period.
Declines in teen birth rates were even more dramatic among minority teens. Between 2007 and 2011:
- Teen births to Hispanic/Latino teens dropped 48%
- Teen births to African-American teens dropped 27%
- Teen births to white teens dropped 22%
The decline in teen birth rates is a direct result of record-low teen pregnancies, which researchers attribute to increased contraceptive use, the use of more effective contraceptives, and slight declines in the number of teens having sex.
The data does not reflect an increase in abortions. During the 5-year period covered by the CDC data report, abortions to North Carolina teens dropped nearly 40%.
*Note: The data covers teen birth rates, not teen pregnancy rates. National teen pregnancy rates take much longer to collect because each state has a different process for gathering pregnancy data.Image Credit: Percent change in birth rates for all teenagers aged 15–19, by state: United States, 2007 and 2011, CDC, Retrieved from: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db123.htm
The Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Campaign of North Carolina (APPCNC) is the state’s only statewide nonprofit dedicated to preventing teen pregnancy. Since 1985, the agency has worked to help communities reduce teen pregnancy through advocacy, collaboration, and education.
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