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Teen Pregnancy in the United States

Pregnancy, Birth, Abortion, and Media Images of Pregnant Teens


Thousands of teenage girls and their families will face the challenge of an unplanned pregnancy this year. Some will decide to become teen mothers and raise a child. Others may opt for adoption. And some will choose abortion. What are the facts about teen pregnancy in the United States?

Top 10 Teen Pregnancy Facts

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One out of every ten births in the U.S. involves a teen mother. Find out other facts you should know about teen pregnancy.

Top 10 States With Highest Teenage Pregnancy and Birth Rates

19-year-old Florida teen Bryttany Ferko during her 9th month.
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Does your state show up on this top ten list? Teens who live here are statistically more likely to become pregnant between ages 15-19 than in other states.

Top 10 States With Highest Teenage Abortion Rates

New York has one of the highest rates of teenage abortion
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Teens living in one specific geographic area of the country are more likely to choose abortion than in other regions.

Teens Choosing To Become Pregnant - Pregnancy Boom at Gloucester High School

In June 2008, Gloucester High School in Massachusetts found out that 17 of the school's students were pregnant, prompting allegations of a 'pregnancy pact.' The story, first reported by TIME magazine, gained international attention as none of the pregnant girls were older than 16 and some of the fathers were allegedly adults.

Celebrity Teen Pregnancy - Jamie Lynn Spears

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Former Nickelodeon star and sister of pop idol Britney Spears, Jamie Lynn acknowledges her pregnancy at age sixteen.

Depiction of Teen Pregnancy in "Juno" Under Fire

What the film "Juno" conveys to audiences about teen pregnancy, abortion, and choice isn't accurate, according to one woman who's made a career out of helping women and teens face unplanned pregnancies.

Teen Pregnancy in 2008 Election - Candidate's 17-Year-Old Daughter Pregnant

Teen pregnancy again captured the headlines in 2008 when Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin announced the pregnancy of her high school-aged daughter Bristol.

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