In a report released today, teen pregnancy was reported to be on the rise for the first time in 10 years. The report points to Bush-era policies directed at abstinence that did not seem to effective.
‘The significant drop in teen pregnancy rates in the 1990s was overwhelmingly the result of more and better use of contraceptives among sexually active teens. However, this decline started to stall out in the early 2000s, at the same time that sex education programs aimed exclusively at promoting abstinence — and prohibited by law from discussing the benefits of contraception — became increasingly widespread and teens’ use of contraceptives declined.’
The states that ranked the highest in teen pregnancy rates were:
New Mexico (93 per 1,000 girls age 15 to 19)Nevada (90), Arizona (89), Texas (88) and Mississippi (85).
The he lowest rates were in New Hampshire (33), Vermont (40), Maine (48), Minnesota (47), and North Dakota (46). Massachusetts had 49 pregnancies per 1,000 15 to 19-year-old women.