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There was an item in the news recently that New Mexico has fallen out of first place.
Sadly, this is again one of those lists we don’t want to be on.
Mississippi now has the nation’s highest teen pregnancy rate, displacing us and Texas for that lamentable title.
Mississippi’s rate was more than 60 percent higher than the national average in 2006, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. The teen pregnancy rate in Texas and New Mexico is more than 50 percent higher.
The lowest teen birth rates continue to be in New England, where three states have teen birth rates at just half the national average.
It’s not clear from the report why Mississippi surged into first place. The state’s one-year increase of nearly 1,000 teen births could be a statistical blip, Ron Cossman, a Mississippi State University researcher who focuses on children’s health statistics, told The Associated Press.
More than a year ago, a preliminary report on the 2006 data revealed that the U.S. teen birth rate had risen for the first time in about 15 years. But the new numbers provide the first state-by-state information on the increase.
The new report is based on a review of all the birth certificates in 2006. Significant increases in teen birth rates were noted in 26 states.
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