US teen pregnancies, births, and abortions hit historical lows

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 12 May 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g3249
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. 1New York

Pregnancies, births, and abortions among US teenagers aged 15 to 19 have fallen to historical lows, according to a report by the Guttmacher Institute, which studies reproductive issues. Teenagers were more likely to engage in sex but less likely to become pregnant.1

The report covers rates of pregnancies, births, and abortions from 1972 until 2010 among US teenage women.

In 2010, the Guttmacher report says the pregnancy rate among teens aged 15 to 19 in the US was 57.4 per 1000 women, less than half its peak of 116.9 in 1990. In 2010, about 625 000 women younger than 20 became pregnant. Most pregnancies were in teenagers aged 18 to 19, a group that during the study period …

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