Curbing Pregnancies Among Teenagers

During the past five years, the rate of teenage girls becoming pregnant has declined substantially in all but two states. You guessed it: West Virginia is one of them (the other is North Dakota).

Our state’s rate of births to females 15-19 years of age is 44.8 per 1,000, according to the Centers for Disease Control. That is the ninth highest among the states – and, again, it hasn’t gotten much better. The rate is about the same as it was five years ago.

For both babies and mothers, pregnancy at an early age is risky in many ways. Clearly, West Virginia needs to do more about the problem.