A lowest teen birth rate—39.1 per 1000—in 70 years of record keeping was reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week. The rate for 2009 was 6% lower than for 2008, and marked the second consecutive year that the rate fell. The reduction follows two years of increases in 2006 and 2007.
Significantly, the rates fell for all sections of the population’s teens.
In a 2007 article, noted researcher, John Santelli, M.D., suggests that most of the decline in teen birth rates since the early 90s is due to better use of contraceptives.