Survey Says: Why Mess With Success? (October 2017)
After peaking in the early 1990s, the nation’s teen pregnancy and birth rates have declined dramatically—teen pregnancy is down 55%; teen births have plummeted by 67%. Since the federal, evidence-based Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) Program and Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) were established in 2010, the teen birth rate in the U.S. has declined 41%. This is a drop about twice as large as the decline in any other six-year period. It would be fanciful to suggest these programs are solely responsible for the decline, but it is reasonable to suggest that they have played an important role. Despite this, some policymakers want to end these evidence-based programs. Americans strongly disagree.
Power to Decide (formerly The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy). (2017). Survey Says: Why Mess With Success. Washington, DC: Author.