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NATIONAL TEEN BIRTH RATES FALL TO RECORD LEVEL

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November 18, 2011 The birth rate for teenagers fell 9% to 34.3 births per 1,000 females aged 15-19 in 2010, the lowest level ever reported for the United States according to Births: Preliminary Data for 2010, released yesterday by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This 9% decrease from 2009 is the largest single year decrease since 1946-47. The rate has fallen 44% from 1991 (61.8) when U.S. teen birth rates began a long-term decline. Healthy Teen Network, a Baltimore-based national nonprofit membership organization focused on teen pregnancy prevention, teen pregnancy, and teen parenting, is encouraged by the news...

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