Teen Pregnancy Down in US, Feds Say
And more women are keeping babies out of wedlock
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 14, 2008 6:48 PM CDT
Jamie Lynn Spears was the most famous pregnant teen of 2007. (AP Photo/OK! Magazine)   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Teen pregnancy is down and more unmarried 20-somethings are getting pregnant in America, Reuters reports. A 2004 federal study also shows that more unmarried women are keeping their babies, except among blacks. Why the drop in teen pregnancies? "There is some evidence that contraceptive use was increasing among teenagers through 2002," one researcher said.

  • Women younger than 25 accounted for 38% of pregnancies in 2004, compared to 43% in 1990.
  • Teenagers accounted for 12% of all pregnancies, down from 15% in 1900.
  • Married women accounted for 3.5 million pregnancies in 2004, while unmarried women accounted for 2.98 million—45% of the total.