Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Just Like Jamie Lynn?

USAToday is reporting that teen birth rates are up in 26 states, signifying a reversal of a downward trend that spanned from 1991 to 2005.

Teen birth rates, up 3 percent overall in 2006 (the most recent data available), were up among teens 15 to 17 and 17 to 19, teens white, black and Hispanic.

The states with the highest teen birth rates are in the South, with Mississippi leading the pack.

So what's driving the increase?

Sarah Brown, CEO of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, points to high-profile unmarried births.

From the story:

"'In the last couple of years, we had Jamie Lynn Spears. We had Juno and we had Bristol Palin. Those three were in 2007 and 2008 and not in 2005 to 2006, but they point to that phenomenon,' she says."

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