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Fewer Buns in the Oven for Mass Teens

Despite the increase in girls from my high school who seem to be popping out babies left and right, Massachusetts’ teen pregnancy rate has actually gone down.

According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, a report that was released in March provides some numbers that are making the mothers of all middle school and high school aged girls let out a sigh of relief.

In 2010, the birth rate for teenagers ages 15-19 was 17.1 births for every 1,000 females ages 15-19; surprisingly, the lowest recorded rate to date.

Massachusetts rates are also 50% lower than the national average teenage birth rate, which was 34.2 births for every 1,000 females ages 15-19 in 2010.

Whether it was the liberal distribution of condoms or informative sex-ed classes, Massachusetts managed to lower its teen pregnancy rates without the use of controversial ads, unlike New York.

Recent advertisements on New York City buses and subways depict crying babies with daunting messages like, “I’m twice as likely NOT to graduate high school because you had me as a teen.”

Whether the controversial ad campaign will act as an effective deterrent to future teen pregnancies is yet to be seen. Although New York’s teen birth rate has declined from 2006, when there were 26 births for every 1,000 females ages 15-19 to 22.7 births in 2010.

Posted by on April 7, 2013. Filed under Around Campus. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.