A new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that the birth rate among teenaged Latinas and black women has dropped dramatically, by 51 percent and 44 percent, respectively, in eight years. Overall births among all U.S. teens has dropped, but still white women have half as much the teen births compared to black and Hispanic young women, according to the the CDC's "Morbidity and Mortality Report"
Experts say there are two possible reasons why this decrease is happening. Teens enjoy better access to contraception and more convenient contraception than before, and more young people are taking advantage of long-acting injectable and implantable methods that can last years, The Washington Post reports. And the second cause is that teens — contrary to how they are portrayed in the media — feel it's okay to not have sex or wait to have it, Bill Albert, chief program officer for the National Campaign To Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, told the Washington Post.
One doctor told the Post this is a "very healthy trend." Veronica Gomez-Lobo, director of pediatric gynecology at Children’s National Medical Center, specified that younger teens are abstaining compared to older teens.
Overall, teen birth rates have been declining since 1991, because of a variety of social and cultural influences. While in some states the gap between the white teen birth rate and the Hispanic and black teen birth rates is three times as big, the decline in teen birth rates was universal across all ethnic groups and states, according to the CDC.