Teen pregnancy rises

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    After a 14-year decline the rate of teen pregnancies is on the rise once again.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    After a 14-year decline the rate of teen pregnancies is on the rise once again.
     
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that a study found the rate of teen pregnancy increased three percent from 2005 to 2006. This is the largest jump in teen pregnancy since 1990. That surge, however, was seen strictly among older teens between the ages of 15 and 19 years old. Birth rates for younger girls, ages 10 to 14, had a slight decline
     
    Among older teens, Latino and Black girls respectively were the most likely to become young mothers, according to this graph from the CDC. The data was compiled from the study. Native American girls are the third most at-risk group.
     


     
    The rate of pregnancy in Colorado and Hawaii was above the national average, and in both places young Latinas accounted for most of the underage mothers. However in South Carolina, ranked #13 in the nation, Black girls made up 59 percent of expectant teens.
     
    Finally, the CDC also reported that the rate of abortions among teens rose 1 percent in 2006.

     

     

    — Sonya Eskridge

     

     

     

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