With shows like “16 and Pregnant” and “Teen Mom” glamorizing teen pregnancy, its no surprize that teen pregnancy rates are increasing. However, along with pregnancy rates abortion rates are also increasing. This is especially true for African American teens. AtlantaBlackStar reported:
African-American teenage abortion rates are more than twice as high as the national average, according to a new study.
The African-American abortion rate, according to the study conducted by the Guttmacher Institute, is 41 per 1,000 women among the 15- to 19- year old age group. The national average abortion rate is 18 per 1,000 women among 15- to 19-year-olds.
The rate is also four times higher than the teen abortion rate among non-Hispanic whites, which sits at 10 per 1,000 women, and twice as high as the Hispanic rate of 20 per 1,000.
The state-by-state study also reveals that in states with high abortion rates, teen pregnancy among African-Americans has the greatest chance of ending in an abortion than it does in any other racial group.
What can be done to counter act this trend? Is there a need for more resources? Are our black youth not getting the information needed to adequately prepare them for s*xually active lives and the pressures and responsibilities that come along with it.
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