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BEIJING, April 6 (Xinhuanet) — The teen pregnancy rate in the United States declined to a record low in 2009, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) said Wednesday.
In 2009, around 410,000 teenage girls, ages 15 to 19, gave birth in the United States, according to a new report issued by the CDC. That’s a 37 percent decrease from the teen birth rate in 1991.
In a press release attached to the report, CDC director Thomas Frieden wrote that despite the steady reduction in teen pregnancies over the last two decades, “still far too many teens are having babies.”
“Preventing teen pregnancy can protect the health and quality of life of teenagers, their children, and their families throughout the United States,” he said.
The report looked at data from 1991 to 2009 and found that 46 percent of teens have had sexual intercourse. Out of that number, 14 percent of girls and 10 percent of boys say that they do not use any type of birth control.