We believe that teen parents should be better supported to help them become good parents and to encourage their continued academic progress. Before you become active in this effort, you need to understand the facts and the challenges of teen parents.

Who are these teens? And how does pregnancy and parenthood affect them and our communities? Here’s what you should know.

Teen Pregnancy in the United States

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Teen Pregnancy in the United States
Source: http://www.cdc.gov/teenpregnancy/about/

  • “In 2014, a total of 249,078 babies were born to women aged 15–19 years, for a birth rate of 24.2 per 1,000 women in this age group.”
  • “In 2015, a total of 229,715 babies were born to women aged 15–19 years, for a birth rate of 22.3 per 1,000 women in this age group.”

U.S Department of Health and Human Services: Trends in Teen Pregnancy and Childbearing
Source: http://www.hhs.gov/ash/oah/adolescent-health-topics/reproductive-health/teen-pregnancy/trends.html

  • “In 2014, 73% of all teen births occurred to 18- to 19-year-olds.”
  • “Estimates from 2013 data show that 11% of adolescent females in the United States will give birth by her 20th birthday, with substantial differences by race/ethnicity: 8% of white adolescent females, 16% of black adolescent females, and 17% of Hispanic adolescent females.”

Guttmacher Institute: Induced Abortion in the United States
Source: https://www.guttmacher.org/fact-sheet/induced-abortion-united-states

  • “12% of U.S. abortion patients in 2014 were teenagers: Those aged 18–19 accounted for 8% of all abortions, 15–17-year-olds for 3% and teenagers younger than 15 for 0.2%.

Guttmacher Institute: U.S. Teenage Pregnancies, Births and Abortions, 2011: National Trends by Age, Race and Ethnicity
Source: https://www.guttmacher.org/report/us-teen-pregnancy-trends-2011

  • “In 2011, birthrates and abortion rates among teenagers and young adult women reached historic lows. From 2008 to 2011, pregnancy rates dropped 23% among women aged 15–19 and 16% among those aged 20–24.”

Understanding the Challenges

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Teen Pregnancy in the United States
Source: http://www.cdc.gov/teenpregnancy/about/

  • “In 2010, teen pregnancy and childbirth accounted for at least $9.4 billion in costs to U.S. taxpayers for increased health care and foster care, increased incarceration rates among children of teen parents, and lost tax revenue because of lower educational attainment and income among teen mothers.”
  • “Pregnancy and birth are significant contributors to high school dropout rates among girls. Only about 50% of teen mothers receive a high school diploma by 22 years of age, whereas approximately 90% of women who do not give birth during adolescence graduate from high school.”
  • “The children of teenage mothers are more likely to have lower school achievement and to drop out of high school, have more health problems, be incarcerated at some time during adolescence, give birth as a teenager, and face unemployment as a young adult.”

U.S Department of Health and Human Services (Office of Adolescent Health): Negative Impacts of Teen Childbearing
Source: http://www.hhs.gov/ash/oah/adolescent-health-topics/reproductive-health/teen-pregnancy/health-impact.html

  • “Children born to adolescents face particular challenges—they are more likely to have poorer educational, behavioral, and health outcomes throughout their lives, compared with children born to older parents.”

Advocates for Youth: Teen Moms are Bullied Every Day
Source: http://www.advocatesforyouth.org/blogs-main/advocates-blog/2143-teen-moms-are-bullied-everyday-

“When teens become parents, they instantly become victims of discrimination, judgment, and stereotyping. They are expected to drop out of high school, apply for welfare, neglect their children, and accomplish nothing to be proud of. For most teen parents, expecting a child comes with stares, negative comments, mistreatment, and bullying. Without a doubt, teen parents in schools are discriminated against not only by their peers, but primarily by school staff.”

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