Teen pregnancy seemed to be on the rise in previous years but is now facing some major declines.
A new report released Wednesday by the Center of Disease Control indicates that Arizona is one of five states with the largest decline of teenage birth rates in large urban counties between 2007 and 2015.
According to a press release, the report showed that teen birth rates have declined 57 percent in Arizona’s large urban counties, dropping from 58.8 births per 1,000 females in 2007 to 25.5 births per 1,000 females in 2015. Furthermore, teenage birth rates dropped 48 percent – from 38.1 births to 20.9 births per 1,000 females between the ages of 15 and 19 – in large urban counties nationwide.
“Access to science-based information and education about preventing pregnancy certainly had to play a key role in young people’s decision making and actions leading to this significant decline in birth rates among teenagers,” said Brenda Thomas, CEO of the Arizona Family Health Partnership in a press release. “It also underscores the critical importance of ensuring access to and availability of these types of resources in every community in Arizona.”
In April, AFHP launched a website, www.SEXfyi.org, that educates teens, parents and young adults about birth control, as well as offers a search engine to locate the nearest Title X-funded health care center for individuals in Arizona.
In addition, rural counties in Arizona saw birth rates fall from 65.7 births per 1,000 females to 40 births per 1,000 females in 2015. However, according to the release, teen birth rates were the highest in rural counties in the United States, passing the national average.