Teen Pregnancy Rate Drops

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Wisconsin's teen pregnancy rate continues to drop.

According to a new report, Wisconsin had the tenth lowest birth rate out of all states. Wisconsin had 30 births for every one-thousand female teens.

The nonpartisan research group Child Trends put Texas as the state with the highest teen birth rate -- with 63 births for every one-thousand girls ages 15 through 19. Other top states were Mississippi, New Mexico and Arkansas.

New Hampshire had the lowest teen birth rate, 18 births, followed by Vermont and Massachusetts.

The state's Department of Health and Family Services is pleased with the results but will keep looking at preventing teen pregnancy.

Spokeswoman Stephanie Marquis says it's important to prevent teen pregnancy because having children at such a young age has a lifelong impact for the teen and the infant.


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