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Thursday
Nov172011

Teen Births Hit Lowest Rate Ever

BananaStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Fewer teenagers are giving birth, according to new numbers out Thursday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The CDC's Stephanie Ventura tells ABC News Radio that the rate at which teens in the U.S. are having babies is at its lowest point in history. “It's a really steep decline since 1991 overall and I think it's a public health success story,” she said.

In 2010, there were just over 34 babies born per one thousand teens, the lowest level since record-keeping began in 1940.

“It's probably a combination of more effective contraceptive use and more delay in sexual activity among teenagers,” Ventura said.

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