Teen Birth Rate Hits Lowest Point In 70 Years

See what happens when you get rid of abstinence-only sex education?

The birth rate for teen mothers is at its lowest point since 1940, when records were first kept, a federal study released today says.

The report from the National Center for Health Statistics said the teen birthrate fell to 39.1 births per 1,000 teenagers ages 15 to 19 in 2009, six percent lower than 2008 and a significant drop from 20 years ago, when the rate was more than 60 births per 1,000 teens.

Teen birth rates fell across all demographic categories, all reaching historic lows the NCHS said.

Then again, birth rates overall were down, teen births have been going down for a while, and the NCHS offered no explanations. Still, we're sticking with the non-abstinence-only theory.

Texas is still pumping out babies like nobody's business. Its overall birthrate of 16.2 births per 1,000 residents was tied for second with Alaska, which doesn't have many residents.

First place was (not) a shocker -- Utah.

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