Younger teen girls aren’t giving birth as often as they did 20 years ago. But they still accounted for about one-fourth of teens aged 15 to 19 years who became mothers in 2012, according to a new report.
Researchers analyzed national data on sexual experience, contraceptive use, and pregnancy prevention education to track birth rates among 15- to 17-year-old girls. As minors, their access to confidential contraceptive services may be restricted in some states. They’re also at greatest risk for poor medical, social, and economic outcomes.
Teen Birth Rate Declines But More Progress Is Needed. JAMA. 2014;311(22):2266. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.5847