Wednesday, 05 December 2007 21:41
America’s teen birthrate has risen for the first time
in 15 years, the Associated Press reports.
Government statisticians say that
the birthrate, which has been dropping since its peak in 1991, rose 3 percent
from 2005 to 2006. Some experts blame the jump on increased federal funding for
abstinence-only health education programs. The report is based on a review of
more than 99 percent of last year’s birth certificates by the U.S. Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention. The new teen birth numbers are based on the
15-19 age group. Births to unwed mothers reached an all time high in 2006, but
experts do not believe teens to be the chief cause of those numbers. Teens account
for fewer than a quarter of the nation’s unwed mothers.