The ladies of MTV's Teen Mom might be popping out babies like it's their job (which, let's be real, it kind of is), but the rest of the United States? Not so much. Apparently getting knocked up just isn't as popular as it used to be, and according to a new government report, pregnancy rates are steadily dropping in the USofA.
The current pregnancy rate (102 pregnancies out of every 1,000 women) is 12 percent below what it was in 1990, and it's only been lower once in the past 30 years. Shocking! So, why has the US pregnancy rate declined so dramatically? A little somethin' somethin' called teen pregnancy prevention.
The rate of teen pregnancy has dropped in teenagers of all races and ethnicities, with only 29 pregnancies out of every 1,000 teens, and Sally Curtain (who co-wrote the report) says the drop is due to fewer teens having sex as well as increased use of birth control.
Do you think Teen Mom helped play a role in the declining number of teen pregnancies in the United States? Either way, the show is hugely influential and has definitely had an impact on its target audience — kids these days!