U.S. Teen Pregnancy, Abortion Rates Hit Historic Lows

U.S. Teen Pregnancy, Abortion Rates Hit Historic Lows

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A comprehensive new study confirms the U.S. teen pregnancy rate is continuing its historic decline. The rate of abortions among women under 20 also has fallen significantly since it peaked in the early 1990s.

The teenage abortion rate in 2010 was the lowest of any year since abortion was legalized, about one-third of what it was at its peak in 1988, according to the Guttmacher Institute report.

The rates have sharply declined among all ethnic and racial groups across regions in the U.S.

Also in 2010, the teenage pregnancy rate reached its lowest point in more than 30 years, down 51% from its peak in 1990. Between 2008 and 2010 alone, the rate dropped 15%.

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Guttmacher Institute report (PDF)

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