Teen birth rates fall nationally

Teen births fell once again in the U.S. with Arkansas ranked third highest for the number of babies born to girls between the ages of 14 and 19, according to a new release from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Out of 1,000 girls, Arkansas girls gave birth to approximately 52 children, falling just short of the county’s high of 55 in Mississippi but still continuing to reflect a national trend of declining births among women of all ages.

The CDC attributes the decrease among all women regardless age and racial factors to poor economic conditions and explains that the lessening number of teen births is a byproduct of a greater use of contraception, according to Arkansas Online.

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