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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
June 11, 2014

Teen Birth Rate Declines But More Progress Is Needed

JAMA. 2014;311(22):2266. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.5847

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.