Black Teens & Pregnancy: Are Today’s Facts Better Or Worse?

Two teen girls smiling, with one girl wrapping her arm around the other girlAbout one million teenagers become pregnant each year in the United States, accounting for 13% of all U.S. births. While teen pregnancy rates have declined, black teens are still two to three times more likely than white teens to become pregnant. Yes, progress has been made, but there needs to be a continued focus on the overall reproductive and mental health needs of today’s young black women.

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• Twenty-three percent of 14 year olds and 30% of all 15 year olds have had sexual intercourse.

• Early childbearing tends to reduce the mother’s opportunity to attain a high level of education and employment.

• Teen mothers are more likely to live in poverty, hurting the overall quality of a young mother’s life.