No one seems to know what’s causing a double-digit percentage decline in births by America’s teenage girls (it’s not more abortions, it’s less pregnancies), reports Vox:
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At first, it looked like a mistake.
The staff of TeenWise, a Minneapolis-based non-profit, crunched the numbers for its annual report on Minnesota teenagers’ sexual health. Their calculations seemed to show something unbelievable: the state’s teen birth rate had a double-digit decline between 2009 and 2010.
That seemed impossible. Just three years earlier, in 2007, Minnesota’s teen birth rate had increased by 1.4 percent; nationally it had increased by 3 percent in 2006. How could the rate then fall so steeply and so quickly?
“We ran the data, and we figured it was a mistake,” said Judith Kahn, TeenWise’s executive director. “Then, it looked like everybody had a mistake. We talked to others around the country, and they were all seeing a very similar thing.”
TeenWise’s calculations turned out to be accurate.