A new report released by the Federal Government has revealed that US Teen pregnancy rates have dropped in the last two decades by almost 57%. This phenomenon has saved billions of dollars of taxpayer’s money. The awareness among the teen regarding protective measures to be taken, Government initiatives has certainly helped for this result.
The decline led to an estimated 4 million fewer births among teenagers. The report was released by the US centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Bill Albert, chief program officer of The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy said that the report was astonishing and also eye opening.
Albert says,”We know, for instance, that only about 40 percent of teen mothers ever graduate from high school. Translate that number — 4 million fewer births — into a much, much lower high school graduation rate, and think about the prospects for those young women in this day and age and in this economy. It’s pretty sobering.”
The decline in teen births has already saved an estimated $12 billion taxpayer’s money in 2010 alone. Teen mothers are more likely to need food stamps, Medicaid and government assistance. Every child born to a teen mother costs $1700 per year of taxpayer’s money from birth to the age of fifteen.
This decline in teen births has occurred in all the 50 states and was evident in all races and ethnic groups. Historically the highest teen birth rate was recorded in 1957 when 96.3 out of 1000 teenage girls had a baby. Today’s figure stands at 26.6 of every 1000 teen girls.
The changing times has something to do with this drastic fall in teen pregnancy. In older days most teens were married and their high school education was enough to support a family. However in modern times when competition is cutthroat, teen pregnancy is often regarded as an impediment in one’s career.
Albert chalked up the declining teen birth rate to the “magic combination of less sex and more contraception.”