While large socio-economic disparities remain along racial, ethnic lines,, the CDC reports that the number of teens giving birth has fallen to an all-time low since reaching crisis levels during the 1990’s. While birthrates for Hispanics and Blacks are still twice as high (in some areas 3-times) as that of their white counterparts, government figures show that they have dropped by nearly 50% since 2006.
Reasons for the dramatic shift have been attributed to everything from new approaches to sex education, both in schools and information available in the internet, to better access to more contraceptives such as long-acting injectable and implantable methods, which have become preferable to birth control pills by many young women. Another cause may be the fact that teens on TV and in the movies are having less sex, despite their portrayal of being “uninhibited and hormone crazy.”
“The idea of not having sex or delaying intercourse is now something that can be okay,” states Bill Albert of the National Campaign To Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. He also proclaimed the milestone as “one of the greatest success stories in public health during the past 2-decades.