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Report: Latina Teen Pregnancy Rate is Falling

The teen birth rate for Latinas has fallen dramatically within the last few years, according to new data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Between 2007 and 2012, the teen birth rate for Latina teenagers ages 15 to 19 fell by 39 percent — the largest drop of any group. In 2012, there were 46.3 births per 1,000 Hispanic teens.

That’s still considerably higher than the average for all teenagers. The birth rate for all teenagers dropped by almost one-third, to 29.4 births per 1,000 teenagers ages 15 to 19.

In 2012, there were 305,420 babies born to teens ages 15 to 19. According to the study, that’s the fewest since the close of World War II.

Additionally, the teen birth rate fell by 7 percent between 2011 and 2012.

“The stunning turnaround in teen births is truly one of the nation’s great success stories of the past two decades,” Sarah Brown, CEO of The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, said in a news release. “Clearly, progress can and has been made on a pressing social problem that many once considered intractable and inevitable.”