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Teen pregnancy is a quite big problem in the society How bad is the problem The United States has the highest rates of teen pregnancy and births in the western industrialized world Teen pregnancy costs the United States at least 7 billion annually Four in 10 young women become pregnant at least once before they reach the age of 20 nearly one million a year Eight in ten of these pregnancies are unintended and 79 percent are to unmarried teens The teen birth rate has declined slowly but steadily from 1991 to 1998 with an overall decline of 18 percent for those aged 15 to 19 and preliminary data for 1999 show a 20 percent decline between 1991-99 These recent declines reverse the 24-percent rise in the teenage birth rate from 1986 to 1991 The largest decline since 1991 by race was for black women The birth rate for black teens aged 15 to 19 fell 26 percent between 1991 and 1998 Hispanic teen birth rates declined 13 percent between 1994 and 1998 The rates of both Hispanics and blacks however remain higher than for other groups Hispanic teens now have the highest teenage birth rates In addition despite the recent declines in teen birth rates in general the overall teen birth rate for 1998 is still higher than it was in the mid 1980s when the rate was at its lowest point Also most teenagers giving birth before 1980 were married whereas most teens giving birth today are unmarried The younger a teenaged girl is when she has sex for the first time the more likely she is to have had unwanted or non-voluntary sex Close to four in ten girls who had first intercourse at 13 or 14 report it was either non-voluntary or unwanted The primary reason that teenage girls who have never had intercourse give for abstaining from sex is that
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