Indiana 32nd In Teen Birth Rate; Ky. 43rd, Ohio 29th
By Mike Perleberg
(Undated) – Indiana falls behind the nationwide drop in teen pregnancy.
The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy says the national rate for girls ages 15 through 19 giving birth to a child was down 57 percent from 1991 to 2012. In Indiana decline of 45 percent during the same time period was sizable, but not as large as the nation as a whole.
In 2012, the national teen birth rate was 27 births per 1,000 girls compared to 33 per 1,000 in Indiana, or 7,300 teens becoming moms. The state rate ranked 32nd in the country.
The study says nationwide spending on teen mothers for benefits like housing and food stamps was almost $9.5 billion dollars in 2010. In Indiana, $227 million was spent on teenage mothers.
Kentucky was 43rd in the country with 41.5 births per 1,000 teen girls in 2012. The bluegrass state spent $158 million on teen childbearing in 2010.
Ohio ranked 29th at 29.8 per 1,000 with $340 million spent.
The full study by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy is available online at www.thenationalcampaign.org/data.