Marisol. Age: 25.
Although teen pregnancy and birth rates have dropped the past two decades, states still face the reality that black and Latina teens are more than twice as likely as white teens to become pregnant. Despite this, black and Latina girls are more than twice as likely as white girls to become pregnant before they leave adolescence. This glass half-full, half-empty scenario is a dilemma that continues to confound states. The racial and ethnic disparities surrounding teen pregnancy are stubborn, often a cause and consequence of poverty and a complex array of societal factors.
Khloe. Age: 20.
About Teen Pregnancy
Background Sexual activity may be less likely to occur during periods of school enrolment because of the structured and supervised environment provided, the education obtained and the safer peer networks encountered while enrolled. We examined whether school enrolment was associated with teen pregnancy in South Africa. Methods Using longitudinal demographic surveillance data from the rural Agincourt sub-district, we reconstructed the school enrolment status from through for 15 young women aged 12—18 years and linked them to the estimated conception date for each pregnancy during this time. We examined the effect of time-varying school enrolment on teen pregnancy using a Cox proportional hazard model, adjusting for: age; calendar year; household socioeconomic status; household size; and gender, educational attainment and employment of household head.
Kira. Age: 31.
Drop Out Rates Among Pregnant Teens
The Sierra Leonean teenager hid her pregnancy for three months, long enough to pass her high school exams with top marks, and then left home, knowing her family would shun her. Some 21 million girls aged 15 to 19 become pregnant in developing countries each year, and complications during pregnancy and childbirth are the leading cause of death for this age group worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. Sierra Leone had the 13th highest rate of teenage pregnancy globally inwith births per 1, adolescents, more than 10 times the rate in Europe, according to the World Bank.
In Colorado, officials with the Department of Public Health and Environment attribute the decline to its comprehensive family planning initiative. Twelve years ago, unintended pregnancies among young women in Colorado was at a stubbornly high rate. Inan anonymous donation allowed the state to expand family planning services and for the first time provide long-acting reversible contraception, such as IUDs and implants, to low-income women at little to no cost. While the state changed the way it asked about unintended pregnancies, health officials found that between and the birth rate for those 15 to 19, dropped 57 percent — from