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Teenage Pregnancies - Alarming Statistics Regarding Teenage Pregnancies!

Jan 18, 2008
This should not be happening in a civilized society; yet, it is! In the name of modernity, a more liberal attitude and a more liberal lifestyle has come into existence, with the result that teenagers have opted to live life on their own terms. Unlike earlier days, teenage pregnancies today cause very few eyebrows to be raised!

USA's cosmopolitan population can be broadly classified into Hispanics, non-Hispanics and Blacks.

Where Hispanic girls were concerned, a survey revealed states like Ohio, Missouri, Mississippi and South Dakota, to have the lowest rate of teenage pregnancies. The rate was between 71 and 115 per 1000. The highest number (between 154 and 169 per 1000) was to be found in Delaware, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia and Tennessee. After 1998, there was a fall in the number of pregnancies in all states, by 19%. This lasted up to 2002.

North Dakota's population of non-Hispanic whites registered the lowest rate of 33 per 1000, while Arkansas showed the highest (77 per 1000). High numbers of teenage pregnancies were recorded in South Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama, Kentucky and Tennessee, ranging between 71 and 73 per 1000. Other states in the South were near about the same, though the figure did come down by 34% between 1998 and 2002.

In general, the 'Blacks' who got pregnant were aged around 15 to 19. New Jersey led the table with 209 teenage pregnancies per 1000. States like Oregon, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Delaware showed a rate of 161 to 177 per 1000. A rate of 71 to 114 per 1000 was seen New Mexico, Colorado, West Virginia, Utah and Rhode Island. Statistics did reveal some heartening news that the rate had come down by 40% from 1990 to 2002 in every state.

Overall statistics regarding teenage pregnancies in 2000 revealed that while Nevada recorded the highest number of teen birth rates (113 per 1000), North Dakota exhibited the lowest count (42 per 1000). Compared to states like Texas, Arkansas, New Mexico, Mississippi and Arizona, states like Vermont, Maine, North Dakota, Massachusetts and New Hampshire had much lower teen birth rates.

Since few teenagers wanted to become mothers so soon, abortion became popular too. The number of abortions was highest in 1998. Fortunately, the rate came down by about 50% in 2002.

Looking at abortion statistics, the lowest rates were found in Kentucky, North Dakota, Utah and South Dakota. In fact, lesser than 17% of adolescents in Utah, South Dakota and Kentucky opted to bring their pregnancies to an end. In stark contrast were the states of New Jersey, Nevada, District of Columbia, California, Maryland and New York, where there were abortions galore! Greater than 50% of teenage pregnancies were terminated in the states of the Maryland, District of Columbia, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York.

If your head has stopped whirling after sifting through the above-mentioned figures, consider this, "The lowered rate of teenage pregnancies was due to the fact that by 2003, only about 47% of adolescents indulged in sexual relationships unlike 53% of adolescents in 1993. Today, the use of contraceptives by adolescents is on the rise!"
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