Teen Birth Rates Decline Among Latinas

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The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has reported that the teen birth rate in the U.S. has reached a historic low, especially among Latinas.

According to the CDC's report, since 2007, birth rates for Latina teens has dropped by 39 percent. This was the largest decline seen throughout all racial and ethnic groups. Overall teen birth rates fell by 29 percent. The rates for non-Hispanic white teens fell by 25 percent and non-Hispanic black teens, 29 percent.

“These encouraging trends show how young people, especially young Latinas, benefit from increased access to comprehensive sexuality education, highly effective and affordable contraception, including emergency contraception, and reproductive health care," said Jessica González-Rojas, executive director of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, in a statement.

"It’s critical that we continue to connect young Latinas with reproductive health solutions rooted in their real-world needs."

The only states that did not see a significant decline were Montana, North Dakota, and West Virginia.

The CDC reports that the impact of strong pregnancy prevention messages directed to teenagers can be credited with the birth rate declines in the country.

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