Frequency of teen pregnancy
- Every 10 minutes a teenager becomes pregnant in the state of Texas1
- Every 10 minutes a teenager gives birth in the state of Texas1
- Every 48 minutes a teenager has an abortion1
- National rate is 21.4 per 1000 teens vs. Texas rate of 35.3 per 1000 teens2
- Texas has the 3rd highest teen birth rate in the US 3
- Texas has the 4th highest teen pregnancy rate in the US 4
- Teens are prone to delaying prenatal care, have low birth weight and preterm infants, and repeat pregnancies2
Cost of teen pregnancy
- 9.1 billion dollars nationally, TX pays 1 billion of that in federal, state, and local taxes for teen pregnancy5
- 1/3 of young women in the state of Texas become pregnant before age 205
- On average, taxpayers pay $2,997 annually per pregnant teen 17 and younger5
Teen Sexual Activity 2009
- 46% of high school students were sexually active 6
- 14% admitted to have had 4 or more sex partners 6
- 34% did not use a condom the last time they had sex 6
- 19 million “new” cases of sexually transmitted diseases are reported annually, and nearly half of those are among teens and young adults aged 15-24 yrs 7
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2. “Texas Teen Births (age 15-17) Fact Sheet 2005.” February 25, 2009. Texas Department of State Health
Services. Retrieved August 13, 2010. <http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/adolescent/pdf/statewide
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(2010). Births: Final data for 2007. National Vital Statistics Reports,58 (24). Ranks calculated by the
National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. The National Campaing to Prevent
Teen Pregnancy. Retrieved August 19, 2010. <http://www.thenationalcampaign.org>.
State Trends and Trends by Race and Ethnicity.. Ranks calculated by the National Campaign to
Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. August 19, 2010. http://www.thenationalcampaign.org
Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. Retrieved August 13,
6. “Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance—United States, 2009.”
Surveillance Summaries. June 4, 2010 [pdf 3.5M] MMWR 2010;5 (SS-5):1–142. Retrieved August 13,
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and prevalence estimates, 2000.” Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health 2004;36(1):6-10.
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