This week, we've been exploring the inequality of access to last-resort birth prevention measures. We know that teen birth rates in this country are still far too high , with Nonetheless, states are continuing to restrict abortion , and easy access to emergency contraception is still a matter of debate. Today, we turn to state-level data on the rates of teen births. The Martin Prosperity Institute 's Zara Matheson charts the patterns for teen birth to gain insight to who, and where, stands to benefit or lose the most by increased access to abortions as well as emergency contraception.
States With Highest Teenage Pregnancy and Birth Rates
The States With the Highest Teenage Birth Rates Have One Thing in Common
While the teen pregnancy rate has been declining overall over the past two decades, rates of teen pregnancy and birth can vary wildly from state to state within the United States. Based on available data, below are listings of states ranked by pregnancy and birth rates. In , New Mexico had the highest teenage pregnancy rate 62 per 1, women. The next highest rates were in Arkansas 59 , Mississippi 58 , Oklahoma 58 , Texas 58 and Louisiana For one, there seems to be an ironic correlation between states with conservative politics around sex education and contraception and high rates of teen pregnancy and birth. Some research suggests that "U.
Teen Pregnancy Rates By State 2019
However, progress has been uneven. These state comparisons allow you to directly compare how states are faring on a number of measures for teens and women overall. These measures include teen birth and pregnancy rates both current levels and trends , percent of teens having sex and using contraception, and prevalence of unplanned pregnancies among all women. All of the statistics provided for comparison are rates or percentages, which means they are standardized for population size, and are appropriate for state-level comparisons.
Birth rates fell to The findings reflect differences in access to medically accurate information about sex, one expert said. They are important because teen parents are less likely to pursue higher education, their children are less likely to be healthy, and they earn less on average than people who have children later. Teenage birth rates by state ranged from a low of 25 babies per 1, females aged in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont to a high of 60 babies per 1, teens in Arkansas, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.