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About Teen Pregnancy in MT












How many Montana teens become pregnant each year?

  • In 2009,1,629 pregnancies were reported in 200 among teenagers, including 8 to girls under the age of 15.
  • From 1995 to 2007, the U.S teen birth rate declined by approximately 23%, and Montana's birth rate declined by 12%.

What does pregnancy cost Montana taxpayers?

  • In Montana, the cost to taxpayers (federal, state, and local) associated with teen childbearing is estimated to be at least $18 million in 2004, of which $8 million are federal costs and $10 million are state and local costs.
  • The average annual cost in 2006 associated with a child born to a mother 17 years of age or younger is $3,285.

What are the results of teen pregnancies?

  • In 2009, 77.6% of Montana teen pregnancies resulted in live births, approximately 21% of teen pregnancies resulted in abortions, less than 1% in fetal deaths.

How many teens are unmarried when they give birth?

  • Non-marital births to teens represent 26% of non-marital births in Montana; the remaining 74% of non-marital births were to women 20 years or older.
  • The percentage of teen non-marital births (compared to all teen births) rose from 46% in 1981 to 80% in 2003.

What about the fathers?

  • In 35% of the teen births in Montana, the father is three to ten years older than the mother.

What percentage of Montana teenagers are sexually active?

  • In 2009, about three out of five (67.5%) of 12th graders in Montana reported having had sexual intercourse at least once.
  • Approximately one in every three (30.6%) 9th graders reported they had sexual intercourse at least once.

What effect does childbearing have on a teen's health and economic status?

  • Teens are more likely than women 20 years of age or older to have: late or no prenatal care; low birth weight babies; and babies who die within the first year of life.
  • Teen parents are likely to be less educated, have more children, have more nonmarital births, and have more unintended births than women who postpone childbearing.

Where do we want to be?

  • No single approach can full address or solve the complex problem of teen pregnancy.
  • Early and comprehensive teen pregnancy prevention strategies remain exceedingly more cost effective than the choices available once pregnancy occurs.
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