Teen Pregnancy Outcomes

National Center for Health Statistics: Pregnancy Trends in Teenage Pregnancy in the United States, 1990–2002

Source: Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Description: Published in December of 2006, this report presents detailed pregnancy rates for teenagers ages 15–19 from 1990–2002. The report provides data by age, race, and pregnancy outcome.

Key Statistics:

  • Of the 757,000 teenage pregnancies in 2002, there were 425,000 live births and an estimated 215,000 induced abortions and 117,000 fetal losses.
    The birth rate dropped 28% from 1990 to 2002, whereas the abortion rate declined 46%.
    Overall, 4 in 7 teenage pregnancies ended in a live birth in 2002, 2 in 7 in induced abortion, and about 1 in 7 in a fetal loss.

To View this Resource: www.cdc.gov/nchs/products/pubs/pubd/hestats/teenpreg1990-2002/teenpreg1990-2002.htm

U.S. Teenage Pregnancy Statistics, National and State Trends and Trends by Ethnicity, September 2006

Source: The Guttmacher Institute

Description: This comprehensive study includes national and statewide statistics on teen pregnancy rates from 1972–2003. The data is broken down by state, age, and race and ethnicity. The report also contains statewide data on the number of teen pregnancies that ended in birth, abortion, stillbirth and miscarriage.

Key Statistics:

  • The teenage birthrate in 2002 was 30% lower than the peak rate of 61.8 births per 1,000 women reached in 1991.
  • By 2002, the teenage abortion rate had dropped by 50% from its peak in 1988.
  • From 1986 to 2002, the proportion of teenage pregnancies ending in abortion declined more than one-quarter from 46% to 34% of pregnancies among females ages 15–19.

To View this Resource: http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/2006/09/12/USTPstats.pdf

Facts on American Teens’ Sexual and Reproductive Health

Source: The Guttmacher Institute

Description: This is a detailed list of facts on teen’s sexual behavior and health, including facts on teen pregnancy, childbearing, and abortion rates.

Key Statistics:

  • 82% of teen pregnancies are unplanned; they account for about 1 in 5 of all unintended pregnancies annually.
  • Teen mothers are now more likely than in the past to complete high school or obtain a GED, but they are still less likely to go on to college than women who delay childbearing
  • There were 214,750 abortion among females ages 15–19 in 2002.

To View this Resource: www.guttmacher.org/pubs/fb_ATSRH.html