Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Teen Birth Rates Increased in 26 States in 2006

USA Today: Teen birth rates up in 26 states, by Sharon Jayson:

The newest and most detailed data on teen birth rates shows significant increases in 26 states and represents most regions of the USA.

"To see 26 states with statistically significant increases is fairly remarkable," says Paul Sutton, a demographer with the National Center for Health Statistics, which released the data Wednesday. "We're seeing increases in both the number of teens having births and also the rate at which they are having births. Both of them are going up."

The federal data — largely from birth certificates — shows widespread statistically significant increases for 2006, the most recent year for which data are available. In the two previous years — from 2004 to 2005 and from 2003 to 2004 — only one state in each year (Tennessee and South Dakota) had a significant increase.

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I understand that a child is a gift. But I find it insane that teens think being a parent is easy. And how much of their life they will have to give up to be a good parent. And lets face it teens are usually not the most giving people.

Posted by: Brian | Jan 14, 2009 8:19:04 AM

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