Teen birth rate plummets more than 30 percent in Minnesota

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Minnesota's teen birth rate dropped 31 percent between 2007 and 2011.
Our STD rate might be on the rise, but at least Minnesota's teens are having safer sex: Between 2007 and 2011, the number of teens giving birth in the state dropped by more than 30 percent.

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That number's from a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report out yesterday, which shows a remarkable decline in teen births nationwide. The rates dropped at least 15 percent for all but two states during the four-year period. (One of the two outlier states is our neighbor, North Dakota, keeping good company with West Virginia. Neither state reported a significant change).

The country's rate overall plummeted by 25 percent, to a record low for teen births.

Minnesota's at the top of the pack. We're one of seven states in which the birth rate for 15-to-19-year-olds dropped a whopping 30 to 39 percent. The other leaders are Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Colorado, and Florida.
While we're among the states with the greatest change, the lowest rates overall are on the East Coast, where New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Vermont each report fewer than 17 births per 1,000 teens. In comparison, Arkansas and Mississippi each have a rate of about 50 per 1,000, and the country average is 31 per 1,000.

Here in Minnesota, the rate in 2011 was 19.3 per 1,000. That's down from 27.9 per 1,000 in 2007 -- or 31 percent fewer. Broken down by race and origin of the mother, the numbers are even more stark: In 2007, 91.6 of 1,000 Hispanic teenagers gave birth in Minnesota. By 2011, that number dropped by nearly half, to 48.5.

Experts are still working to explain to steep decline, which is likely a result of many different factors, the Associated Press reports. It is, though, in keeping with national trends -- teen birth rates have been falling since 1991, and the country's overall birth rate has been lower since the recession.

The CDC report also handily sums up why reducing the number of teen births is a good thing: "Births to teenagers are at elevated risk of low birth weight, preterm birth, and of dying in infancy compared with infants born to women aged 20 and over, and they are associated with significant public costs, estimated at $10.9 billion annually."

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This study must have not included the black welfare whores in North Minneapolis who start shitting out niglets when they are 12-13.

k2yeb topcommenter

Teen mom porno industry up 100% in California.

TheConservativeJerk topcommenter

Per the map above - after Arkansas adopted the country's most stringent abortion limits, North Dakota's Legislature approved a bill blocking certain procedures.  

Think "birth rate" NOT "teen pregnancy"

Now, are the pretty colors clear enough for ya?  

If not, Google "West Virginia" and "Abortion".
Now, are the pretty colors clear enough for ya?  

I can only hope...

TheConservativeJerk topcommenter

"Our STD rate might be on the rise, but at least Minnesota's teens are having safer sex: Between 2007 and 2011, the number of teens giving birth in the state dropped by more than 30 percent."  

Do you really find the average reader here that clueless?Add in the abortion rate of teens, and the number of “morning after pills” sold to teens, and the numbers make perfect sense. 

You actually put the words “safer sex” and "STD rate…on the rise" in the same sentence?

BTW, with the STD thing; the word “might” ought to be swapped with the proper word “IS” as it IS…

That is laughable Olivia.  Olivia, here is the proper use of the word "might":  Olivia's article "might" be agenda driven and written in a way to protect something in which she embraces...

Anyways, lets welcome Olivia to CP's fabulous list of  writers.  BTW, I'm the "Jerk," can you tell?

Dee Finkelson
Dee Finkelson

good...that's all what most parents want. Study first, at least has income to be independent, then have babies. Not having baby, while still living in parents's house, and....ask parents to watch the baby while they go back to school.....May God bless this state n this country


@TheConservativeJerkThe state's abortion rate has dropped as well. Planned Parenthood attributes it to birth control,  abortion-alternative providers in the Positive Alternatives Program network to people choosing not to abort. Whatever, abortion doesn't appear to be the contributing factor here. Sorry, dude.

TheConservativeJerk topcommenter

@Sallyjos@TheConservativeJerkBirth control is the "Plan B" morning after pill according to Planned Parenthood.  BTW,  Minnesota provided over 4000 taxpayer funded abortions last year.  68% black I might add.  Compassionate racism.   Would you like to see the legislative record?  Actually there is video available on the state's legislative website if you do not like to read legislative committee journals. 

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