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Oregon Teen Birth Rate Drops To New Low

OPB | May 23, 2013 4:19 p.m. | Updated: May 29, 2013 11:58 a.m. | Portland

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Oregon’s teen birth rates are at a new low. A new government report indicates that the number of Oregon teens giving birth dropped by twenty-five percent over a four-year period.

Sloan Chambers / OPB

The report’s figures are based on birth certificates for 2007 through 2011. They come from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Those latest figures show that Oregon teens, ages 15 to 19, had 26 births per 1000 in 2011.

Experts believe that several factors are driving teen birth rates down.

Jessica Duke is the Program Coordinator for Adolescent Sexual Health at the Oregon Public Health Division.

There’s been a lot of new federal funding around teen pregnancy prevention. And working with statewide partners, we’ve been able to make sure that that federal teen pregnancy prevention funding is largely in the areas where we see the higher teen pregnancy, higher teen birthrates, and higher disparities amongst different groups.”

States that experienced significant declines attribute the change in part to a dropping teenage birth rate among Hispanics.

For the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention’s complete report click here.

Sloan Chambers / OPB

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