Inthere were Nearly nine in ten Not all teen births are first births.
I WAS intrigued by my colleague's post on teen pregnancy rising in America in for the first time in over a decade. I think my colleague is right that the issue is more complex than political reporting usually allows. Determining whether that rise stems from the abstinence-only policies of the Bush administration requires breaking down the numbers in the Guttmacher report and comparing them to trends abroad.
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Government estimates indicate that teen abortion rates increased during the s, stabilized during the s at around 43 per 1, females ages 15 to 19, then decreased steadily to about 11 per 1, by Similar declines are evident for all age groups. Rates for non-Hispanic white, black, and Hispanic females have all fallen notably since the early s, although declines started a bit later for Hispanic females in As ofabortion rates have decreased by 77 percent among non-Hispanic white teens, by 74 percent among Hispanic teens, and by 68 percent among black teens, since their respective peaks.
Teen pregnancy is a serious concern in America. According to the Alan Guttmacher Institute AGIa nonprofit corporation that engages in reproductive health research, policy analysis, and public education,teens became pregnant in See Figure 5.
When young women use abortion services, the adolescent men who avoid becoming teenaged fathers go on to have better educational and financial futures than peers who do become teen fathers, a U. Young men who were involved in a pregnancy before age 20 that ended in abortion were more likely to pursue post-high school education and to graduate from college, according to the analysis in the Journal of Adolescent Health. Everett and colleagues analyzed data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health, a long-term study of adolescents recruited in the early s and followed into adulthood.
Teenage abortions are surprisingly common, but unavoidably traumatic. The growing exposure of teens to help them explore their sexuality without the right sex education can lead to physical relationships, which often lead to STDs, and, in some cases, pregnancies and subsequent abortions. To understand the growing incidence of teenage abortions, it is important to recognize the underlying cause, which is growing number of teenage pregnancies.
PIP: The issue of abortion, except when it is rendered moot because the fetus endangers the life of the mother, is not really a medical issue. The physician's role is to help patients achieve and maintain their maximum potential for physical, mental, and social well-being. To accomplish this, the physician must acquire a constantly evolving database of scientific knowledge, must evaluate this information in a critical and ethical manner, and must be prepared to apply what is learned. In the realm of applied ethics, no particular religion, profession, culture, class, or sex should be thought of as having all the answers in the realm of applied ethics.
Twelve years ago, unintended pregnancies among young women in Colorado was at a stubbornly high rate. Inan anonymous donation allowed the state to expand family planning services and for the first time provide long-acting reversible contraception, such as IUDs and implants, to low-income women at little to no cost. While the state changed the way it asked about unintended pregnancies, health officials found that between and the birth rate for those 15 to 19, dropped 57 percent — from