Yesterday, the Kansas’ state health department, KDHE, released teen pregnancy data from 1991-2010 so that legislators, policy-makers and the public can monitor “emerging concerns” and “progress in reducing adolescent and teen pregnancy”.
Overall, fewer Kansas girls now get pregnant during their teen years than did 20 years ago. The report also notes, “While Kansas has exceeded the national targets for teen pregnancy, the state’s birth rate for females aged 15-19 remains higher than the national rate.”
Hmm, that last statement needs a bit of parsing: Kansas is seeing lower rates of teens getting pregnant, but–
in contrast to national statistics– an unborn child of a teen mother in Kansas has a higher chance of being born!
That affirmation of life is good news for pro-life Kansans, apart from concerns about the struggles of young single mothers and the statistical hurdles of children without stable, two-parent homes.
As of 2010, 86% of Kansas moms, aged 19 and under, choose life with 13% obtaining abortions. The KDHE report charts the decreasing teen pregnancy rates, breaking out data by race and age groups.
In the analysis of 15-17 year-old Kansas teens in 2010, 14 out of every 1,000 (more…)