National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month (NTPPM) celebrates the historic decline in rates of teen pregnancy and births in the United States and highlights the importance of helping adolescents reach their full potential. This year, the Office of Population Affairs (OPA) focused the observance on elevating youth voices and highlighting the work of OPA grantees.
NTPPM is about more than preventing teen pregnancy. It’s about ensuring positive outcomes for adolescents.
The good news is that teen birth rates in the United States have declined almost continuously since the early 1990s, and have dropped to a new low each year since 2009. Between the 1991 peak and 2019, the teen birth rate decreased by more than 73 percent in the United States (from 61.8 to 16.7 births per 1,000 females ages 15-19). Despite this decline, the U.S. teen birth rate is still higher than that of many other developed countries, including Canada and the United Kingdom.
The Office of Population Affairs (OPA) Teen Pregnancy Prevention program is a national, evidence-based program that funds diverse organizations working to prevent teen pregnancy across the United States.
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