MANKATO (TEC News) -- The Minnesota teen birthrate has reached its lowest point on record. From 2010 to 2011 the teen birthrate fell by 14 percent, and has now reached a low of 19 births per 1,000 teen girls. That figure is down nearly 50 percent from its peak in 1990.Work in the fields of education and human services, as well as positive outlooks on the future have helped lower the birthrate, said Judith Kahn, executive director of Teenwise Minnesota. Those who have access to information and know what's possible for them in the future tend to delay becoming sexually. Despite the declining birthrate "there's still a lot of work ahead," said Kahn, with regards to Minnesota's at-risk youth in foster homes and the juvenile justice system: Kahn 2 "and opportunities" :13
The teen birthrate in the United States remains among the highest of industrialized countries. For more information about Teenwise Minnesota, visit www.moappp.org.