Times Union (Albany, N.Y.) (01.15.13)
The Alabama Department of Public Health announced that the state's teen birth rate has reached a significant low, falling to 20.9 per 1,000 women ages 10 to 19 in 2011. That number means that approximately 6,700 teen mothers gave birth, according to state health officials, and babies born to teenage mothers accounted for approximately 11.3 percent of all births in Alabama. The 2011 rate is a 58-percent decline from Alabama’s highest number of teen births in 1973, and a 32-percent decrease since 2000. Health officials say that programs—especially abstinence education programs and programs run by tribal groups, local health departments, and other organizations—aimed at high-risk teens and new mothers have had a sizable effect on the decline of the teen birth rate.