2017 Ends On A Positive Note With A Declining Teen Birth Rate, However, Progress Does Not Equal Victory

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2017 Ends On A Positive Note With A Declining Teen Birth Rate, However, Progress Does Not Equal Victory

January 7, 2018
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Washington, D.C.– A recent Washington Post article entitled “The 17 Good Things That Happened in 2017,” highlighted the historic decrease in the teen pregnancy and birth rates. In response, Ginny Ehrlich, Chief Executive Officer, Power to Decide, issued the following statement: 

“We are encouraged by the continued decline in teen birth rates. Over the last 20 years, teen birth rates have dropped 67 percent and there have been impressive declines in all 50 states and among all racial/ethnic groups. While we are proud of this progress, we recognize that this progress is not victory. Too many young people still don’t have access to the information or contraceptive services necessary to determine if, when, and under what circumstances to get pregnant. There is good evidence about how to address the issues. We will continue to work on behalf of all young people—no matter who they are or where they live—in order to ensure that they have access to the sexual health information and the full range of contraceptive methods, thus empowering them to live life on their own terms.”

Power to Decide is a private, non-partisan, non-profit organization that works to ensure all people—no matter who they are, where they live, or what their economic status might be—have the power to decide if, when, and under what circumstances to get pregnant. Please visit us at www.PowerToDecide.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.