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U.S. Teenage Pregnancies, Births and Abortions:National and State Trends and Trends by Raceand Ethnicity
January 2010 © Guttmacher Institute www.guttmacher.org
Table of Contents
PageReport Summary 2Introduction 2Key findings 2Discussion 4Acknowledgments 5References 5National Tables1.0
Trends in pregnancy, birth and abortion rates, and abortion ratio, by race andethnicity, 1986–2006 6Trends in rate and number of births, abortions and pregnancies; numbers of miscarriages; and population, all by age-group, 1972–20062.1 15–19-year-olds 72.2 15–17-year-olds 82.3 18–19-year-olds 92.4 14 and younger 102.5 Younger than age 20 112.6 20–24-year-olds 12State-Level Tables3.1
State rankings by rates of pregnancy, birth and abortion among womenaged 15–19, and rates by age-group, 2005 133.2
Number of pregnancies, births, abortions and miscarriages amongwomen younger than 20, by age-group, 2005 143.3 Rates of pregnancy, birth and abortion among women aged 15–19, forselected years (1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2005) 153.4 Rates of pregnancy, birth and abortion among women aged 15–19, byrace and ethnicity, 2005 163.5
Number of pregnancies, births, abortions and miscarriages amongwomen aged 15–19, by race and ethnicity, 2005 173.6
Population estimates among women aged 15–19, by state of residence,by age-group and by race and ethnicity, 2005 18About the TablesNational-level methodology 19State-level methodology 20Interpreting the data 21Footnotes 21References 21Data sources 221
This report contains the most current teenage pregnancy, birth and abortion statistics available,with national estimates through 2006, and state-level estimates through 2005. The report includestables showing annual national rates and numbers of teenage pregnancies, births and abortionsthrough 2006; state-level rates of pregnancy, birth and abortion in 2005; and state-level numbersof teenage pregnancies, births, abortions and miscarriages, as well as population counts. Thereport concludes with a discussion of the methodology and sources used to obtain the estimates.
Key findings
 National levels and trends
• In 2006, 750,000 women younger than 20 became pregnant. The
was 71.5pregnancies per 1,000 women aged 15–19, and pregnancies occurred among about 7% of womenin this age-group.• In 2005, the U.S. teenage pregnancy rate reached its lowest point in more than 30 years (69.5),down 41% since its peak in 1990 (116.9). However, in 2006, the rate increased for the first timein more than a decade, rising 3%.• The pregnancy rate among sexually experienced teenagers (those who had ever hadintercourse) was 152.8 pregnancies per 1,000 women aged 15–19, reflecting the fact that theoverall teenage pregnancy rate includes a substantial proportion of young people who are notsexually active. The pregnancy rate among sexually experienced teenagers also increased for thefirst time in over a decade, rising 3% from 2005 to 2006.• The teenage
in 2006 was 41.9 births per 1,000 women. This was 32% lower than thepeak rate of 61.8, reached in 1991, but 4% higher than in 2005.• The 2006 teenage
was 19.3 abortions per 1,000 women. This figure was 56%lower than its peak in 1988, but 1% higher than the 2005 rate.• From 1986 to 2006, the proportion of teenage pregnancies ending in abortion declined almostone-third, from 46% to 32% of pregnancies among 15–19-year-olds.
 National levels by race and ethnicity
• Among black women aged 15–19, the nationwide pregnancy rate fell by 45% (from 223.8 per1,000 to 122.7) between 1990 and 2005, before increasing to 126.3 in 2006.• Among non-Hispanic white teenagers, the pregnancy rate declined 50% in the same period(from 86.6 per 1,000 to 43.3), before increasing to 44.0 in 2006.2

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