Texas Ranks Third in Teen Pregnancies and Births

Texas teenagers had the third-highest pregnancy and birth rates in the U.S. in 2008, according to the Guttmacher Institute.

Texas teens had 85 pregnancies and 61 births for every 1,000 women aged 15-19. The state ranked 31st in abortion rate, with 16 for every 100 pregnancies ending in abortion or live birth.

In 2008, New Mexico had the highest teen pregnancy rate (93 per 1,000 women aged 15โ€“19), followed by Mississippi, Texas, Nevada, Arkansas and Arizona. The lowest rates were in New Hampshire (33 per 1,000), Vermont, Minnesota, North Dakota and Massachusetts.

Teen pregnancy rates have declined steadily in all 50 states between 1988 and 2005.

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