If you're a teenage girl in the United States, you are now less likely than ever before to get pregnant. Because of that, you're also less likely to drop out of high school due to an unintended pregnancy, and less likely to live in poverty compared to older first-time mothers, which is really encouraging news. But it turns out that the declining national birth rate doesn't tell the entire story, especially in states like Texas. With That's concerning to be sure, but also perhaps not entirely surprising: according to U. In order to reduce teen birth rates, it's pretty obvious that at least one of two things needs to occur: teens need to be having less sex, or they need to be able to access and use reliable methods of birth control.
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Texas Department of Health data from shows that fewer than 30 of every 1, girls in the state ages 13 to 17 got pregnant. In the Valley, the rate was In , a survey of girls age 15 to 19 found that 97 of every 1, girls in the United States was pregnant, compared to of every 1, girls in Texas, according to the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. Those who become pregnant in the Valley often lack the resources to finish school, raise a healthy child and regain control of their lives, experts said. Buckner ran one of the few teenage-mother support programs outside of schools in the Valley before it shut down last year.
Teen Pregnancy Rates Have Plummeted, But Not In Parts Of Texas
The SATPPC included an impressive list of cross-sector organizations, including: public entities, community-based organizations, as well as faith-based and secular institutions. This collaborative group works towards the community goal by monitoring teen birth rates for three age categories: , , and As a group, they agreed that there was a need for shoring up evidence-based programs that clearly focused on decreasing behavioral risk factors that underlie teen pregnancy.
President Donald J. Trump isn't the first to talk about overhauling government functions using ideas from the business sector; former Vice President Al Gore, similarly inspired, wrote a book titled "Businesslike Government" using "Lessons Learned from America's Best Companies. This worthy goal is easier said than done.