Amanda Marcotte / So why is the teen birth rate plummeting? - Press of Atlantic City: Commentary

Amanda Marcotte / So why is the teen birth rate plummeting?

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Posted: Monday, September 16, 2013 12:01 am

With the ever-present buzz of cultural panic about young people, especially young women, having sex, you'd be forgiven for thinking we're living in the midst of some kind of sexual health pandemic, with our high schools and even junior high schools overflowing with the swollen bellies of pregnant teenagers. The reality, according to a Centers for Disease Control report released recently, is that the teen birth rate has plunged downward yet again, falling 6 percent between 2011 and 2012. It has never been lower, as least not in the 73 years the government has been tracking it.

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