TEEN PREGNANCY: Numbers, News, Notes


The number of teen births recorded by teens practicing true abstinence.

Mississippi ranked No. 1 and highest in teen births with a rate of 64.2 births per 1000 females
aged 15-19, compared to the national rate of 39.1 births per 1000 U.S. females aged 15-19.

1 in 5
Nearly 1 in 5 births to teen mothers, ages 15 to 19, is a repeat birth.

1 in 100
Implants are the most effective form of birth control but 1 in 100 women annually get pregnant using birth control implants.

15.3 percent
15.3-percent of U.S. High school students surveyed in 2011 have reported having sex with four or more people during their life.

20 percent
About 1 in 5 sexually active teen mothers use the most effective types of birth control after they have given birth.

23 percent of babies born to Mississippi teens are repeat births.

A teenager in the U.S. becomes pregnant about every 26 seconds

28.4 percent
28.4-percent of Mississippi middle school students have reported having sexual intercourse


• A teen is most likely to get pregnant between 4 and 6 p.m. on a weekday.

“Sex education may be a good idea in the schools, but I don’t believe the kids should be given homework”
Bill Cosby.

• Each $1 invested in teen pregnancy prevention saves taxpayers an average of $4.34 in the first year and $17.23 over 5 years, a 1,723-percent return on investment.


Places to get information on teen pregnancy.

• www.stayteen.org : The official website for The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.
• www.abstinence.net : The official website for Abstinence Clearinghouse, Sioux Falls, S.D.
• www.thenationalcampaign.org : The official website for The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, Washington, D.C.
• www.cdc.gov/TeenPregnancy : Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA.
• www.teenage-pregnancy.org: Soul Choice International is a not-for-profit 501 (C)(3) educational organization.
• http://msdh.ms.gov/ : Mississippi Department of Health, Jackson, MS
• www.HealthyMS.com : Mississippi Department of Health, Jackson, MS.
• Chickasaw County Health Department, Houston Clinic 332 North Jefferson Street, Houston, MS 38851. PHONE: 662-456-3737.
• Chickasaw County Health Department, Okolona Clinic, 325 West Main Street, Okolona, MS 38860. PHONE: 662-447-5492.

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