US teen pregnancy rate up first time in decade

January 26, 2010 9:49:16 AM PST
America's teen pregnancy rate is up for the first time in more than a decade according to a policy research group that studies sexual and reproductive health.

The most recent data available shows the pregnancy rate among 15 to 19-year-olds increased three percent in 2006.

When broken down by race, the report found that fewer black teenager girls got pregnant than in previous studies, closing a gap with Hispanic teens. However, rates among both groups were still significantly higher than white teenagers.

The study also found a rise in teen births and teen abortions. Researchers did not cite a cause for the increase, but did find it interesting that the pregnancy rate is increasing at the same time that abstinence-only programs are seeing a substantial increase in funding.