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Teen Birth Rates Decline in Nearly All States

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

National Campaign: Teen birth rates declined dramatically in nearly all states from 2007 through 2011, according to new data released by the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics. During that time, the teen birth rate dropped at least 15% in 48 states and declined 30% or more in seven states. 
There were dramatic declines among all racial/ethnic groups as well. Between 2007 and 2011:
  • Birth rates declined 40% or more for Hispanic teens in 22 states and D.C. 
  • Birth rates declined 20% or more for non-Hispanic black teens in 34 states.
  • Birth rates declined 20% or more for non-Hispanic white teens in 30 states.
South Carolina's progress is even greater than the U.S. as a whole. While the U.S. saw a 24.6% teen birth decline among all races from 2007-2011, South Carolina has seen a 27.1% decline, according to state level data from the Department of Health and Environmental Control. Declines in the state were especially impressive among minority teens, both African American and Hispanic. 
"What a great day for our state and nation," said Forrest Alton, CEO of the SC Campaign.  "In a state that often lags behind national data trends on social issues, it is refreshing to see our progress in preventing teen pregnancy outpacing the nation.  We certainly want to pause and celebrate the progress young people have made, but also must acknowledge that despite this progress our work is far from complete as more than 6,000 girls under the age of 20 become mothers in our state every year."