Mexican American Teenage Girls : The Highest Birth Rate Essay

1331 Words Nov 20th, 2015 6 Pages
Mexican American teenage girls have the highest birth rate in America due to a variety of variables including upbringing, religion, and social economic status. This high birth rate is accompanied by millions of dollars in welfare programs, and preventive educational programs, and can be a cause for concern for United States taxpayers. According to the U.S department of Health and Human services, in 2013, Hispanic adolescent females ages 15-19 had the highest birth rate (41.7 births per 1,000 adolescent females), followed by black adolescent females (39.0 births per 1,000 adolescent females) and white adolescent females (18.6 births per 1,000 adolescent females). Estimates from 2013 data show that 11 percent of adolescent females in the United States will give birth by her 20th birthday, with substantial differences by race/ethnicity: 8 percent of white adolescent females, 16 percent of black adolescent females, and 17 percent of Hispanic adolescent females (The Office of Adolescent Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 2013).
Though the statistics show that Hispanic teenage girls show the highest birth rates in the Unites states, perhaps preventive measures that have been put in place, and are geared towards the Mexican population in the U.S are beginning to take effect. Although Hispanics currently have the highest teen birth rates, they have also had a dramatic recent decline in rates. Since 2007, the teen birth rate has declined by 45% for Hispanics,…

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