Researchers were beginning to see some leveling off of the drop in teen birth rates a couple of years ago and now we have the numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and they aren’t pretty.
Birth rates for teens aged 15 to 19 rose by 3.5 percent in 2006. This is the largest growth in US teen birth rates in almost 20 years.
What happened? Well, it could be that our government spent $176 million dollars on abstinence only programs that have little positive long term impact on teen sexual behavior. Or maybe seeing stars like Brittany Spears and her sister have babies at very young ages makes teens think being pregnant and having a baby is easy and fun.
Or maybe because they didn’t watch this amazing video at The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned pregnancy – Too Young
Time for me to get to work!