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Mississippi Now Has Highest Teen Birth Rate

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Associated Press: Mississippi now has the nation's highest teen pregnancy rate, displacing Texas and New Mexico for that lamentable title, according to a new federal report released Wednesday.

Mississippi's rate was more than 60 percent higher than the national average in 2006, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. The teen pregnancy rate in Texas and New Mexico was more than 50 percent higher.

The three states have large proportions of black and Hispanic teenagers -- groups that traditionally have higher birth rates, experts noted.

The lowest teen birth rates continue to be in New England, where three states have teen birth rates at just half the national average.

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anonymous January 7, 2009, 11:16 AM

It is so hard to combat this problem with so many traditional curriculum in schools which promote abstinence only and not the real truth of abstinence or protection. Working in the public health sector in this area is sometimes disturbing because of these limitations.

Rhonda January 7, 2009, 11:34 AM

This teen pregnacy rate is depressing and pathetic. The parents of these teen mothers need to incriminated for child endangerment.

will January 7, 2009, 12:01 PM

This article doesn’t say much. There are no numbers just percentages. Percentages without numbers doesn’t really give the reader any concrete information. It doesn’t even tell us which New England states are the three with a low percentage.

ame i. January 7, 2009, 12:29 PM

I can’t say I’m surprised. I live in TN and graduated high school in the late 80’s. The extent of our sex education through school was an old black and white film of a lady giving birth; we watched it in Home Ec.

tinkerthinker January 7, 2009, 12:31 PM

Where is the comparison of states with the largest number of teen abortions? I would think you would include that in your article but I see you are some how disparaging the South because teens don’t get abortions there.

r.f.g. January 7, 2009, 1:03 PM

teens need guidence and support in all of their lives. the pressures of life. Pray for your children and mine.

anonomous January 7, 2009, 6:49 PM

Children having children condemns them to a life of poverty and struggle and their families to a life of problems and a need to financially support those unwed mothers; because teen fathers rarely step up to the plate for those poor children. The emotional tolls are even higher. Very sad.

This is the so called “family values” dividend. Where is the support for the consequences of these failed policies? I doubt the gop or the religious right will ever admit to their failures. They will blame the victims of their policies for not having the advantages they had. There are none so blind as those who will not see.

beedogs January 7, 2009, 9:09 PM

will, you’re not too bright, are you? a simple Google search will turn up the report with all the information and “numbers” you could ever want.

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