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Dallas Leads U.S. Cities in Repeat Teen Births, Texas Leads Nation

  • Jim Liebelt
    Jim is Senior Writer, Editor and Researcher for the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family at Azusa Pacific University. Jim has over 25 years of experience as a youth and family ministry specialist, and has been on the HomeWord staff since 1998. He has served over the years as a pastor, author, youth ministry trainer, adjunct college instructor and speaker. Jim’s culture blog and parenting articles appear on HomeWord.com. Jim is a contributing author of culture and parenting articles to Crosswalk.com. Jim and his wife Jenny live in Olympia, WA.
  • 2009 Sep 02
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Dallas leads the nation in the percentage of teen births that aren't the mother's first delivery, a nonpartisan national research group finds in a new report.

Dallas had the highest percentage of teen births that are repeat births - 28 percent - among 73 major U.S. cities in 2006, the latest year for which city-level data are available.

Texas has the highest repeat rate of any state - 23 percent of teen births. And five of the 15 worst-ranked cities are in Texas, according to the group Child Trends, in a report to be released Wednesday.

"That's not where we want to be, for sure," said Sarah Wheat, a spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood in Austin.

Texas had the highest repeat rate of any state for the sixth consecutive year.

Source: Dallas Morning News
http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/texassouthwest/legislature/stories/DN-teenbirths_01tex.ART0.State.Edition2.4bdf6b0.html