U.S. birth rate hits lows for teens, rises among older women

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nose2066 wrote:

The story says: “the drop [in teen age pregnancies] was likely attributable to educational efforts to prevent teen pregnancy…”

So just the really dumb teens are having babies???

May 29, 2014 10:28pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
fwupow wrote:

All in all this is positive. Older women having babies is good, especially if there’s a father in the picture and the marriage is stable. Teen & early twenty-somethings haven’t figured out who they are yet and are more concerned about pursuing their own interests and pleasure. They don’t know much about parenting other than whatever pops into their head which generally involves conscious & subconscious memories of how their own parents raised them. The problem with that is that is that your parents may not have done that good of a job. Poverty and instability is a bad scene to birth a child into. That in itself can prevent a mother from being as good a mother as she wants to be.

May 29, 2014 12:29am EDT  --  Report as abuse
timebandit wrote:

This is good news overall and speaks to the efficacy of early sex education, with available birth control – specifically for whites who make up the majority of the U.S. population and who’ve responsibly improved their chances in life.

Unfortunately, the teen birth rate remains high among black teens and is increasing among the segment of the U.S. population that is latino. Just as troubling is that the high school dropout rate is increasing among the segment of the U.S. population that is latino. This bakes in yet more millions that are outside the edges of the workforce and below the poverty line, with their offspring – if not another generation after that – adding to the current 48 million already having become a permanent layer of new poverty and welfare over the past 20 years. What the teen birth rate looks like among those two groups 15 years from now will provide a clearer picture of whether to break out the champagne toast.

May 30, 2014 6:32am EDT  --  Report as abuse
LowneWolfe wrote:

@nose2066, yes, that is correct. The less educated tend to have more babies the youngest.

May 31, 2014 9:43pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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