Good News! Teen Pregnancy Drops to Record Low in the U.S.
Better access to birth control a factor
Births to teen moms are now at a record low in the United States. Falling 8 percent from 2010 to 2011, the rate is now 31.3 births per 1,000 women aged 15 to 19. Experts say this is nothing but good news as most teen pregnancies are unplanned, and the babies are more likely to be born at an unhealthy weight or stillborn. Still, they cannot pinpoint a single reason, but instead a variety: the CDC now recommends long-acting birth control methods such as IUD as the first-line contraceptives offered to teens; President Obama now requires health insurers to provide birth control care for free, without even a co-pay; and new federal guidelines say teens aren't required to get full pelvic exams before the can be prescribed birth control. (Today)