Although teen pregnancy rates have declined in recent decades, the U.S. rate is still one of the highest in the developed world. By tracking the changing health care landscape and providing quality data and policy analysis, the Guttmacher Institute strives to shed light on U.S. teen pregnancy and on the social and economic factors that contribute to it. Guttmacher promotes policies and programs to enable teens to avoid unintended pregnancy.
The long-term decline in the teen pregnancy rate is great news. Other reports had already demonstrated sustained declines in births among teens in the past few years, but now we know that this is due to fewer teens becoming pregnant in the first place. It appears that efforts to ensure teens can access the information and contraceptive services they need to prevent unwanted pregnancies are paying off