Despite the high-ratchet prevalence of such buffoonery as Maury Povich, MTV’s Teen Mom, & idiots such as the bevy of “video vixens” who think it’s the height of intelligence to have a baby at the ripe old age of 14 years old (arguing that said birth is proof positive of how much they’re “dimes”), CBS News is reporting that the rate of teen pregnancy in the USA is at an all-time low.
This decrease goes across ethnicities, too: Hispanic teens — who, as a population, are still the most likely to get pregnant in their teen years (at a rate of about 55 out of every 100 teens) — reported less young birth mothers than ever before. Numbers declined by 12% for Asian/Pacific Islanders, & white (non-Hispanic) & black populations saw their rate decrease by 9%.
The average teen birth rate decreased 9 percent from 2009 to 2010, reaching an all time low of 34.3 births per 1,000 women aged 15 to 19. That’s a 44 percent drop from 1991 to 2010. There were less teenage mothers in 2010 than any year since 1946.