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One of topics discussed in class was that of pregnancy among teenagers We surmised that while teen pregnancy has been a topic of great discussion in the media it really hasnt been as rampant and such a problem as it has been made out to be Yes the problem exists and must be dealt with but is not all it has been made out to be In this position report I will show past and present rates of teen pregnancy how they have affected our family structure today make a hypothesis on future birth rates and how these will affect our society to come The birth rate for teenagers declined 3 percent between 1998 and 1999 to reach a rate of 496 births per 1000 women ages 15-19 - the lowest rate in the 60 years data on teen births have been recorded The teen birth rate is down 20 percent from the most recent high in 1991 according to a n ew report from CDCs National Center for Health Statistics The preliminary report also found a drop in the number of births to unmarried teens record high levels of women receiving early prenatal care a rise in the cesarean delivery rate and no improvement in the percent of infants born at low birthweight The report presents data for the nation as well as key indicators by state During the 1990s teen birth rates declined among white black American Indian Asian or Pacific Islander and Hispanic women aged 15-19 with the largest decline a 30-percent drop among black teens Hispanic teens reported the smallest decline of 13 percent Between 1998 and 1999 the sharpest decline 6 percent was for American Indian teenagers followed closely by a 5 percent drop for black teens In the last few years weve made remarkable progress in reducing the teen birth rate said HHS Secretary Donna E Shalala Parents local communities government and teens themselves
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