Teen Birth Rate Declines

The government says teen birth rates fell to a record low in the U.S. last year. Statistics show the decline that began during the 90's is continuing. According to the Health and Human Services Secretary, for every 1-thousand girls ages 15 to 19, there were 48-point-seven births last year. That's the lowest rate in the six decades that the statistics have been kept.

Mississippi is still at the top of the list, but our numbers are dropping too. Between 1991 and 1999, the teen birth rate declined 15-percent, while the teen pregnancy rate fell by 21-percent. The 1999 state figures, which are the latest available, indicate the birth rate was 72-point five, while the pregnancy rate stood at 83-point-two. Last year was the ninth straight year the pregnancy and birth rates have dropped.