This week the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention came out with some new data showing that Latinas are more likely than their black or white peers to have multiple teen pregnancies. Overall, the teen birthrate has been declining.
About one in five teen births are repeat births. For young women between the ages of 15 and 19, the highest percentages of repeat teen births occur in Native American (21.6%) women and in Latinas (20.9%). Non-Hispanic blacks and non-Hispanic whites follow (20.4%) and (14.8%). One positive data point is that Hispanic teens were more likely to use more effective forms of birth control.
Teen pregnancy has been on the decline in the Latino community; the community has historically had high teen birth rates, which are tied to drop out rates, college completion rates and the cycle of poverty. Experts cite better access to information and contraceptives as being major factors in declining teen pregnancy rates.