A new report just released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) heralds good news regarding the substantial decline in teen births from 2007 through 2011. While the drop in the rate of teen births began in 1991, the current report indicates the years from 2007-2011 as the longest timeframe in which the precipitous drop has been maintained. In all but two states, there has been a 15% decline in teen births showing widespread success in reaching teens throughout the country. The most dramatic drops were among Hispanic youth, followed by African American teens.
“The good news here is that teens are showing they are listening to the messages we are giving regarding the benefits of delaying sexual initiation and childbearing in order to pursue their dreams for broader life success,” noted Valerie Huber, CEO and President of the National Abstinence Education Association (NAEA). “Waiting for sex is the best way to avoid teen pregnancy and the only way to avoid all the possible consequences of teen sex. ”
The full report can be found here.
NAEA is a professional association representing organizations and individuals who support a priority on risk avoidance through abstinence education. NAEA members serve students across the nation. For more information, visit the NAEA website: www.theNAEA.org and www.abstinenceworks.org.