Statistics

Teen pregnancy rates in the U.S. according to a Guttmacher Institute Report:

In 2006, approximately 750,000 women younger than age 20 became pregnant. The pregnancy rate for adolescents from ages 15-19 was 71.5 pregnancies per 1,000 women, and approximately 7% of these pregnancies occurred among adolescents in this age group.

Compared to 2005, which was the lowest pregnancy rate seen since the 1970s, the U.S. saw a 3% pregnancy rate increase which has not happened since 1996.

Birth Rates: England and Wales, the U.S., and the Netherlands

According to an article by Janice Tanne, the U.S. saw a steady decrease in birth rate in adolescents from 1996 to 2005 with a slight increase from 2005 to 2006. The teenage birth rate in 2006 was approximately 41.9 births per 1,000 women. This was 22% lower than 53 births per 1000 seen in 1996, but 4% higher than in 2005 (40.5 births/1000 women).

The graph also compares teenage birth rates between the U.S. and other developed countries. In 2006 – U.S.: 41.5 births/1000 women; England and Wales: 35/1000; Netherlands:4/1000

According to the Annual Summary of Vital Statisitics: 2007, there was approximately a 1% increase from 2006 to 2007 in the birth rate among women from ages 15 to 19. The birth rate in 2007 was 42.5 births per 1000 women compared to the 41.9 seen in 2006 and 40.5 in 2005. This illustrates that adolescent birth rates increased a total of 5% from 2005 to 2007.

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