Massachusetts 2012 Teen Birth Rate Lowest on Record; Racial inequalities still exist

The Massachusetts teen birth rate for 2012 is the lowest ever recorded in the state, and 50% below the US teen birth rate, according to data released by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health today. The 2012 teen birth rate of 14.0 per 1,000 teen girls reflects a more than 50% decline since a peak of 35.9 in 1989.

“Youth behavior data shows that rates of sexual activity have not changed significantly, so it appears that much of the decline in teen birth rates can be attributed to increased youth access to shame-free medically accurate, comprehensive sexuality education and contraception,” said Brenda Madura, executive director of the Massachusetts Alliance on Teen Pregnancy.

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