U.S pregnancy rates at historic low


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Back in high school I watched a movie starring Clive Owen called Children of Men. It is based on the book of the same title and takes place in the year 2027 where infertility for almost two decades has caused society to slowly collapse.

Well folks, pregnancy rates are at an all time low right now, so does that mean that society is on the brink of collapsing? Well, not quite...

The National Center for Health Statistics stated that "fewer American women are getting pregnant" (Brooks. And here is some even more surprising news too: from 1990 to 2009, teenage pregnancy rates dropped 53%. That is historically low for our country. The National Center for Health Statistics also reported that the number of women getting pregnant in their teens and 20s is at an all-time low, but every year the number of women getting pregnant in their 30s has steadily increased...



And some even more startling but good news is that in 1990 the abortion rate was at 40.3%... now it is at 16%. Sally Curtin, who helped write the report said that, "the drop can be attributed to fewer teenagers having sex, and greater contraceptive use among those who do have sex." Some experts also say that the economic decline may have had something to do with it as well (Rettner).

A question of whether or not birth control has become more effective and used more efficiently, but the report did not go into any of those details.

When I was in middle school, Pittsburgh Public Schools dropped the "abstinence-only" method of teaching and began to teach safe-sex techniques. The entire curriculum was different by the time I was in high school. A surprising fact that surfaced a few years ago was that states with the highest teen pregnancy rates are the ones with abstinence-only policies (Hauser).

The pregnancy rate in the US has reached a close to record-breaking low in the past 12 years, but that doesn't necessarily mean women are becoming infertile, like in Children of Men. 2027 isn't that far away though, so I guess we will have to see what happens...




Sources:

Balinga, Ananth. "U.S. Pregnancy Rates Drop to 12-year Low, near 30-year Low." UPI. N.p., 
      n.d. Web.

Brooks, Megan. "Medscape Log In." Medscape Log In. N.p., n.d. Web. 

Hauser, Emily L. "The Raw Story."Abstinence Only" Doesn't Work. No, Really!" | The Raw 
       Story. Raw Story Media, 12 Apr. 2012. 

Velez, Mandy. "Pregnancy Rate In U.S. Reaches 12-Year Low." The Huffington Post. 
       TheHuffingtonPost.com, 05 Dec. 2013. Web. 

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Your blog post is so interesting! I would have guessed the opposite since all of those teen mom shows but I guess not. I do think that perhaps it is not that women are not as fertile but more because of how accessible contraceptives have become these days. How ironic that the schools who teach a certain curriculum end up with those most teen pregnancies.. Check out this website to see the teen pregnancy rates over the years! http://www.hhs.gov/ash/oah/adolescent-health-topics/reproductive-health/teen-pregnancy/trends.html

Interesting story here. I personally think it's a good thing. It's a lose-lose in the media though. "When the population hits this % we are all doomed!" or "When the population doesn't grow as quickly these are the implications!" Plus with all of the pro-lifers screaming from the roof tops how it's the end of the world because planned parenthood exists, you would think it's an epidemic here in America. Funny enough, I just read an article the other day that claims that Japan is selling more adult diapers than baby diapers. Funny stuff. I'm not worried about it right now. Maybe when it starts affecting something I may change my views. But here is the story I mentioned,

http://www.cnbc.com/id/101003141

Great post. I posted a blog earlier this semester about the decrease in crime rate in the 1990s. In this post, I discussed how legalization of abortion lead to a decrease in crime rates. I personally do not support abortion, but the impact it had on crime reduction was obviously a good thing. Your post was very relieving to me. The 24% drop in abortion rates has not negatively effected the crime rate. The widespread use of contraception is keeping the crime rate at a low level and saving the lives of millions of unborn children. You can check out the correlation between abortion and crime rates in my blog post below.

https://cms.psu.edu/section/content/default.asp?WCI=pgDisplay&WCU=CRSCNT&ENTRY_ID=441CFDA82DAA4A8690D9B063E3CEB114

I had no idea pregnancy rates were so low! With the way teen pregnancy has been under the spotlight lately, I would've thought the exact opposite. However, the fact that pregnancy for women in their 30s has increased does make sense to me. I think that many women are continuing to focus on working and getting steady jobs before having children, which definitely is not a bad thing. I also think that birth control could play a big role in these facts. Birth control is becoming more easily available for women these days, so that could be part of the explanation as to why there are so many fewer pregnancies.

There are many variables that have to be looked when you discuss the birth rate one of the foremost being the cost of raising a child which is very significant. A dropping birth rate is not the end of society however it simply fluctuates over time.

You're articles view point was really interesting since people are worried about teens becoming pregnant. With Teen Mom being such a popular television show and showing how hard it is to be a mom at such a young age it doesn't surprise me that less young people are getting pregnant as well as women in their 30s. With college and school taking so long to complete, we have to spend years getting to the job we want, making us take a little longer to start a family. I don't think this low pregnancy rate will have a huge impact on starting families later on in life when they are older. I'm sure the pregnancy rates will get higher as they have before and it's not something we should really worry about.

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