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Article title: Teen Pregnancy: NWHIC
The United States has the highest teen pregnancy rate among developed countries. About 1 million teens become pregnant each year; 80% of those pregnancies are unintended and almost 50% end in abortions.
Yes; the rate of teenage pregnancy is growing; despite the recent decline in the teen birth rate, teen pregnancy remains a significant problem in this country. Most teen pregnancies are unintended. Each year, about 200,000 teens aged 17 and younger have children. Their babies are often low birth weight and have disproportionately high infant mortality rates. They are also far more likely to be poor. About 80 percent of the children born to unmarried teenagers who dropped out of high school are poor. In contrast, just 8 percent of children born to married high school graduates aged 20 or older are poor.
There are many organizations that offer information on this area; their views on pregnancy and reproductive health issues vary. You may want to check your local telephone book for nearby agencies, like Birthright or Planned Parenthood. Many university and college health centers have accessible reproductive health departments.
Advocates For Youth
1025 Vermont Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 347-5700 (Voice)
1213 1/2 South James Road
Columbus, OH 43227-1801
(614) 231-2221 (FAX)
(614) 239-9433 (Voice)
International Childbirth Education Association 800-624-4934
March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation 800-367-6630
Postpartum Support International
927 North Kellog Avenue
Santa Barbara, CA 93111
(805) 967-0608 (FAX)
(805) 967-7636 (Voice)
You can find out more about teen pregnancy by contacting the following organizations:
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Publication date: 1998
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