Indiana teen pregnancies are down, but still higher than national average

By: J. C. Lee Email
By: J. C. Lee Email

Teen pregnancy rates have dropped to all-time lows across the country, but Indiana still needs to catch up with the national rate of decline, as reported by Public News Service.

The number of Indiana teens between the ages of 15 and 19 who have given birth has dropped by 5 percent in the last year. The state also saw a 45 percent decline from 1991 to 2012, according to the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.

However, teen pregnancies nationwide have declined by 52 percent between 1991 and 2012. There were 274,641 teen births across the country in 2013.

There were 7,370 teen pregnancies in Indiana in 2012, which is 33 births for every 1,000 girls. However, there were 12,240 teen pregnancies in 2010.

Teen childbearing in 2010 cost $227 million in Hoosier tax dollars, according to a separate study by the organization. Nationally, teen childbearing costs $9.4 billion in taxpayer dollars every year.

Read about what the president and CEO of Planned Parenthood in Indiana and Kentucky had to say about teen pregnancies on the Public News Service’s website.

You can also find further details about teen pregnancies in Indiana by visiting this story at The Elkhart Truth.

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