Teen Pregnancy: Improving the Lives of Young People and Strengthening Communities By Reducing Teen Pregnancy
In 2009, more than 400,000 infants were born to teens aged 15-19 years. Nearly two-thirds of births to girls younger than age 18 and more than half of those among girls aged 18-19 years are unintended. While the U.S. teen birth rate has shown an overall decrease since 1991, teen pregnancy and birth rates in the United States are still substantially higher than those in other Western industrialized nations. As part of President Obama's Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative (TPPI), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is partnering with the federal Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health to reduce teen pregnancy and address disparities in teen pregnancy and childbirth rates. This bulletin provides an overview of teen pregnancy in the U.S., the adverse effects of teen pregnancy, protective factors that help prevent teen pregnancy and childbearing, and the CDC's response aimed at reducing teen pregnancy and promoting health equity.