Latina teen pregnancy is down 33 percent, hitting its lowest point since 1976, reports a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In fact, pregnancy rates for all teens between the ages of 15 and 19 are down, falling 40 percent overall from 1990 to 2008 (that latest year the data is available).
The main reason teen pregnancy is down? More effective use of birth control methods.
“These declines tell a large story that is really important to Latinas because it shows that they have more access to contraception and healthcare. But, there is still a long way to go,” Kimberly Inez McGuire, a Policy Analyst at the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, told NBClatino.com.
The report also shows that women in their 20s are "postponing pregnancy", and are waiting to have children until their 30s and 40s. Pregnancy rates for women in their early 20s have declined to the lowest level in more than three decades. The abortion rate has also dropped 32 percent for women in their 20s.
But while this report does have a happy note, there is one thing it doesn't highlight: Latina teens are still two times more likely to have a teen pregnancy than white teens.
What do you think? Is this a success story or do we still have a long way to go?