Teenagers

Teen Pregnancy Rate Has Fallen by More Than Half

Why? More contraception and less sex

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16andPregnant
16 and Pregnant

The pregnancy rate among American women aged 15 through 19 has fallen by more than half from its peak of 61.8 births per 1,000 teen women in the 1990s to 24.2 in 2014. Still nearly 250,000 babies were born to women in this age group. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes, "This is another historic low, and a drop of 9% from 2013. Birth rates fell 11% for women aged 15–17 years, and 7% for women aged 18–19 years."

Although births among Hispanic and black teens have dropped by almost half since 2006, the CDC reports that black and Hispanic teens are still about twice as likely to become pregnant than are white teen women. These ethnic differences in pregancy rates are associated with higher rates of youth unemployment and lower educational achievement often found in minority communities. The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unwanted Pregnancy calculates that teen childbearing in the United States cost taxpayers (federal, state, and local) at least $9.4 billion annually.

Why are teen women having fewer babies? First, more teens appear to be taking advantage of effective contraceptive methods. Second, they also are having less sex than earlier generations did. In an earlier report on adolescent sex the CDC noted that since 1988 the rate of teen sexual activity had fallen by 22 percent for teen males and 14 percent for teen females. Interestingly, a 2014 study found that births to teens dropped by nearly 6 percent 18 months after the preimiere of the MTV reality show, 16 and Pregnant.

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  1. Like global warming, it’s simply taken a…

    [dons sunglasses]

    …pregnant pause.

    1. YEEEAAAAAAAH

      1. Speaking meta… metaphonically, of course.

    2. Well, no one wants to have sex with a Ragged Dick

  2. Teens having sex less often…

    OMWC hardest hit

    1. By the time they’re fifteen, they’ve already aged out of his target demographic.

    2. Way too old for that old man

    3. He’s Old Man With Candy, not Old Man With Credit Card.

      1. Old Man With Credit Card

        *take notes*

  3. So….all those social conservative “abstinence until marriage” programs are working, eh?

    1. Confounding variable” isn’t just a river in Egypt, MikeP2.

    2. No, it’s the rampant increase in gay sex as a result of all the social engineering by the Gay Cabal.

  4. On a more serious note I see a problem with this article.

    It refers to the teen pregnancy rate and then talks about the teen birth rate as if the two things are the same. They are not as birth is not the only possible result of a pregnancy and we really don’t know how the two are related without knowing what the teen abortion/miscarriage rates are

    1. There’s also a difference between the “teen birth rate” and the “unmarried teen birth rate.”

    2. Aborted teen pregnancies don’t count, because in those cases the problem was solved.

      1. Whew, and a good thing too! We’re almost to the point where the entire worlds population would no longer fit in a tiny northeastern state!

  5. I blame internet porn and cell phone radiation.

    1. I vote internet porn. Why chase some worn out chickenhead when Sasha Grey is a click away?

    2. pretty much.

      TV Announcer: [pleasant voice] “Your cable TV is experiencing difficulties. Please do not panic. Resist the temptation to read or talk to loved ones. Do not attempt sexual relations, as years of TV radiation have left your genitals withered and useless.”
      Chief Wiggum: [peering under the covers] “Well, I’ll be damned.”

  6. Speaking of 16 and Pregnant, how about that Farrah Abraham, huh?

    1. I hate myself for knowing who that is. That is the one show my wife puts on that I leave the room for. Sometimes I linger, and always regret it.

        1. Nice. She was already an attention whore, might as well go full whore.

          Disclaimer: I do not believe adult film stars are “whores”. They provide a valuable service.

      1. Your wife watches that? Time to put your foot down, and smash the remote.

        1. It is times like this I question the NAP. Otherwise that remote would be toast.

      1. Do yourself a favor:

        Google “Farrah Superstar: Backdoor Teen Mom”

        It’s how one of the stars of the MTV show 16 and Pregnant is playing the bills now.

        1. Maybe paying a bill. I want to google how much she got paid, but I don’t have Internet right now.

        2. You can get pregnant that way?

            1. Well, god bless her for trying.

        3. Those boobs are… quite horrifying. She looks like a RealDoll.

    2. Her music is ahead of its time

  7. Teenagers are smoking less, drinking less, toking less, and now fucking less.

    Teenagers are fucking boring.

    1. But the appearance of one tattoo makes it “edgier”, man.

    2. But authoritarianism is on the rise!

    3. On the other hand, teenage cyber-bullying is an epidemic.

      1. Damn kids these days. Back when I was growing up if you wanted to bully someone you had to do it their face.

        1. Which is a lot harder to do for most people. With social media, any coward can be a bully and not face an immediate beatdown if they pick on the wrong kid.

    4. Teenagers are smoking less, drinking less, toking less, and now fucking less.

      More teens having less sex and being increasingly convicted of cyber-bullying and sexting… as if Trump v. HRC, the transgender bathroom panic/gay wedding pizza panic (and the cultural libertarian stance against business owners), Secret Government Courts, Unprecedented Government *and* Citizen spying, Title IX and Neo-Victorianism at large, Socialized Medicine, and The People’s Church of AGW weren’t enough to convince people that the rational thought in the West weren’t circling the drain.

      Why can’t Iran and the DPRK work any faster?

  8. Huh, guess I’d better get cracking.

  9. So we use the word “women” to describe a 16-year-old girl who is pregnant, but we say “kids” when talking about 21-year-old college students.

  10. I blame global warming.

  11. These ethnic differences in pregancy rates are associated with higher rates of youth unemployment and lower educational achievement often found in minority communities.

    No, I suspect the lack of fathers has much more to do with teen pregnancy than youth unemployment and educational underachievement. This is just the same old bulshit of blaming greater society for the problems of the lesser, or smaller society of the extended family.

  12. “Second, they also are having less sex than earlier generations did. In an earlier report on adolescent sex the CDC noted that since 1988 the rate of teen sexual activity had fallen by 22 percent for teen males and 14 percent for teen females.”

    Pornography is turning us into a nation of whores and rapists and rapist whores though. Radical feminists and social conservatives assured me this is true, and when have either of those groups led me astray?

    1. Is it porn, or has the infantilization of American youth actually caused their balls to drop later?

      1. What balls? A lot of these dweebs and creeps traded theirs in for feminist cred.

        1. Young women are not usually confident enough to throw themselves at young men. So if all the young guys are budding “feminist males”, no one is ever going to get laid. Its really that simple.

          1. Talk to any mother of a middle or high school aged boy; the girls have no inhibitions about chasing boys. They haven’t been exposed to “The Rules” yet.

      2. I’m guessing having less kids makes it easier to keep an eye on them. Also now that it is a crime to let a 13 go outside unescorted, it’s probably harder to get laid.

        1. “Also now that it is a crime to let a 13 go outside unescorted, it’s probably harder to get laid.”

          I saw this sentence before the context. I was…confused

          1. The fact that there aren’t unattended 13 year olds wandering around his neighborhood makes it way harder for Florida Man to find someone he can coax into his van with lollipops.

            1. *meth lollipops

          2. I proof read it and was all like “fuck it, who am I, Ernest Hemmingway? I don’t see no shotgun in my mouf.”

      3. “Is it porn, or has the infantilization of American youth actually caused their balls to drop later?”

        People actually enter puberty earlier than they used to due to higher body fat levels.

        /taking a joke too seriously

  13. I fully expect the Junior Anti-Sex League to form in the near future.

  14. I guess this is one upshot to the entire society and educational establishment dedicating itself to bullying and emasculating young men; emasculated and bulled men rarely get laid reducing the teen pregnancy rate. I can’t say I like the method but you can’t argue with the results.

    1. Who wants to have sex after getting bulled? That’s years of recovery, man.

      1. Who wants to have sex after getting bulled?

        Minotaur fetishists?

        1. Hmm, labyrinth sex games…

          *scratches chin*

        2. That’s not a thing.
          *slides Minotaur costum under bed*

          1. And someone with a Minotaur fetish has sex while being bulled not after.

    2. So evolution selects against susceptibility to prog BS?

  15. Although births among Hispanic and black teens have dropped by almost half since 2006,

    huh, with that dramatic a drop in such few years, I wonder if we libertarians might have to do some shoe-gazing over concepts such as “free birth control”.

    Asking for a friend.

  16. Perhaps the drop in the rate of sexual activity is a symptom of the CDC getting trolled by street savvy kids.

    In 1988, kids would answer a question. In 2016, the kids are more likely to give the opposite answer to troll the survey taker.

    If the stories I hear are any indication, the kids are more wild than ever.

    1. If the stories I hear are any indication, the kids are more wild than ever.

      Yeah, kids are wilding these days! Not a helmet-wearing skateboarder in sight.

      1. You kids today. All liars.

        1. Kids have always been liars. Seriously, who actually thinks you can trust the survey responses of a bunch of teenagers? I don’t. Who knows how much sex they are having. The survey isn’t going to tell you.

          1. But if kids have always been liars there’d be no reason for the pronounced downward trend over time. If it were just about kids not telling the truth, you’d expect the numbers to bounce all over the place depending on how many kids decided to lie that year.

            I don’t think it’s surprising at all that people have less sex when there’s tons of readily available porn, people spend more time indoors engaging in sedentary activities rather than going out and meeting potential sex partners, and you have lots of helicopter parents who don’t give their children any autonomy.

            1. Sure there is a reason, they now have a reason to lie about not having sex rather than having it. I don’t think it is an unreasonable assumption that kids today don’t view privacy the same way and have much less faith than kids in the past did that these answers are truly anonymous. Given that, it is hardly surprising that more of them would give the answers that their parents and teachers want to hear.

              1. ” I don’t think it is an unreasonable assumption that kids today don’t view privacy the same way and have much less faith than kids in the past did that these answers are truly anonymous.”

                So your argument is that kids who post fucking everything on Facebook and Instagram are *more* concerned with privacy than past generations?

          2. If they were lying, I would expect it to inflate the numbers. Especially for boys. I know that’s what I did when we got sex or drug surveys in school.

    2. These numbers are well in line with every other study on the subject and I think the stats are more reputable than the fact that you ‘hear stories.’

      1. No, it’s all rainbow parties, hooking up and butt-chugging nowadays.

    3. If the stories I hear are any indication, the kids are more wild than ever.

      I’m not sure you should believe that. More likely just wild in new ways. Though I do have a hard time believing that they are having sex so much less. They’ve probably mostly just gotten better at using birth control becuase they don’t want to have kids and it’s pretty easy to come by condoms, at least.

    4. We recently had a middle school “at risk” survey in which all 6th 7th and 8th graders were anonymously asked about sex and drug use.

      according to the survey 20% of the middle school boys were sexually active but only 4% of the girls were.

      Of the 20% of males who reported having had sex they reported an average of over 3 partners and 20% reported losing their virginity prior to turning 9. Girls who were sexually active reported an average of 1.1 partners and none reported losing their virginity prior to turning 11.

      I had to point out to the local newspaper that there was absolutely no way those numbers could possibly be accurate unless we had a bunch of either gay 9 and 10 year olds running around or there was a cabal of adult women helping those boys become men in town when they wrote a huge scare story about those results.

  17. These ethnic differences in pregancy rates are associated with higher rates of youth unemployment and lower educational achievement often found in minority communities.

    Cart. Horse. Something to consider. There’s a smug and smuggled premise in there.

  18. Wait, are you saying that less sex means fewer pregnancies? How does that work?

    /progressive

  19. Canadian hardest hit?

  20. This trend started down about the same time that gun ownership started up. Maybe a heck of a lot more Dads are sporting shotguns??

    1. There is nothing worse for a man’s sanity and sense of proportionality than having daughters.

  21. The kids aren’t “Kids” anymore.

  22. Better get busy

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