Teen births fall again, another drop in decades of decline

FILE - In this July 25, 2012 file photo, a pregnant woman is examined as she waits to give birth at a public hospital in Rio de Janeiro. Authorities want to turn the tide on what Health Ministry officials have called an “epidemic” of cesareans births in the country, with Brazil now the world’s No. 2 recipient of C-sections, second only to China in raw numbers. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — A government report shows teen pregnancies fell again last year, to another historic low.

Brady Hamilton, the lead author of the new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, says “the continued decline is really quite amazing.”
Last year, the birth rate for U.S. teens dropped 8 percent. Rates have been falling since 1991, and this marks yet another new low.

Experts cite a range of factors, including less sex, positive peer influence, and more consistent use of birth control.

The new report is based on a review of most of the birth certificates filed last year. There were nearly 4 million births. That’s down slightly from the 2014 total, by about 4,300.

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