May 13 - 19, 2018
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During National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month, celebrated each May, the nation turns its attention to teen pregnancy prevention and the great strides that have been made over the last 20 years. While there have been advances in reducing teen pregnancy, progress is still needed to close racial/ethnic and geographic disparities in teen birth rates in the United States.
The birth rate for U.S. adolescents ages 15–19 in 2013 was 26.6 per 1,000 (National Center for Health Statistics, 2014), down 57% from 1991, but still the highest birth rate in the Western industrialized world (World Development Indicators, 2012). Adolescent pregnancy and childbirth have serious consequences for the adolescent mother, the child, and society in general. For example, adolescent mothers are more likely to live in poverty. Infants born to adolescent mothers are more likely to have lower birthweights. And adolescent pregnancy imposes large costs on U.S. taxpayers — billions of dollars annually — in terms of the services and support provided to families that began with a birth to an adolescent. See the set of fact sheets about the social issues impacted by adolescent pregnancy, Why It Matters: Teen Pregnancy, by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.
Also see the strategies and approaches presented by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to reduce adolescent and unintended pregnancy.