NEW YORK (AP/WMOT) — Tennessee is tracking with a national trend toward fewer adolescent pregnancies.
New federal statistics out today show that nearly every state in the union saw a decline in teen births from 2007 to 2010.
The biggest drop in Arizona at 29 percent, while Mississippi had the highest rate. There were 55 teen births in Mississippi per 1,000 girls, though the rate there is also declining.
Pregnancies among Tennessee girls between the ages of 10 and 17 fell 25% between 2007 and 2010. There were just over 2600 pregnancies recorded in that age bracket in 2010.
The authors of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report released today say the declines cab be attributed to pregnancy prevention efforts.
Since 1991, the overall teen rate has dropped by 44 percent.