Teen Births in Sharp Decline Nationwide

May 30, 2014

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (TNS/WMOT)  --  The number of teen births in the U.S. is in sharp decline, according to new numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The number of teen pregnancies fell by 10-percent last year alone, and is down 60 percent since hitting its peak in 1991.  

Steven Emmert with Planned Parenthood of Middle and East Tennessee calls the progress "amazing."

"Particularly when you compare that with 1991, I think that it shows that once again, we need to provide our young people with information and when we do, they make better decisions."

The birth rate for women in their early 20s also declined last year to a historic low, while the rates for those in their 30s and 40s increased as more women are delaying motherhood.