The Guttmacher Institute released the latest data for teen (age 15-19) pregnancy and abortion rates (for the year 2011). Teen abortion and pregnancy rates have dropped to their lowest point in 40 years. Here’s a summary of the data:
- Pregnancies: 553,000 pregnancies (52.4 pregnancies p/ 1,000 teens – approximate 5%), which is 23% lower than 2008 (68.2 pregnancies p/ 1,000 teens). If we consider just 15-17 year old teens, the pregnancy rate is just 26.7.
- Births:3 births p/ 1,000 teens (down from 40.2 in 2008)
- Abortions:5 abortions per 1,000 teens (down from 18.1 in 2008). This is a 69% drop from the peak rate of 44.0 in 1988. The overall percentage of pregnancies that end in abortion dropped from 46% in 1985 to 31% in 2007, and remained the same in 2011. So while the abortion rate dropped since 2007, the percentage of abortions is the same because the pregnancy rate has dropped since 2007.
This is welcome news! You can read the full report here.