Study Says Teen Pregnancy and Abortion Rates are at Historic Low

A new study from the Guttmacher Institute shows the number of teenagers who are getting pregnant and having abortions are at the lowest rate in 30 years.

The new study shows 6% of American teenagers got pregnant in 2010. In fact, the rate dropped 15-points between 2008 and 2010.

The number of teenage pregnancies that ended in abortion also dropped dropped by a third in between 1986 and 2010.

From The Hill:

Study authors attributed the the decline to better access to birth control and better information about how to use it. 

“Efforts to ensure teens can access the information and contraceptive services they need … are paying off,” said lead author Kathryn Kost in a statement. 

In total, researchers found that 57.4 pregnancies occurred in 2010 per 1,000 teenage women. The teen birth and abortion rates were 34.4 and 14.7 per 1,000 women in 2010, respectively.