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Georgia ranks among worst states for repeat birth rates

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ATLANTA — A new report finds that Georgia ranked among the worst states in the nation for the number of births to teen mothers who already had at least one child.

According to a report released Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Georgia ranked third, behind Texas and Mississippi, for teen repeat birth rates, the term used for a second or subsequent pregnancy resulting in a live birth.

Georgia had a teen repeat birth rate of slightly more than 20 percent, about two percentage points higher than the nation's rate.

Texas topped the list at 22 percent.

In the 2010 CDC report, 18.3 percent of the more than 365,000 births by teens ages 15-19 were repeat births. Rates in eight states were higher than 20 percent.

Richmond County's rate was slightly lower than the national rate at 18.2 percent (69 births), but five surrounding rural counties recorded significantly higher numbers.

In Burke County, 16 births by teens age 15-19, or 27.6 percent, were repeats. Jefferson County was nine births, or 28.1 percent; Jenkins, eight, or 40 percent; McDuffie, 10, or 20.4 percent; and Screven County, 10, or 25.6 percent.

Donna Elliston, the project director for the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power and Potential, said reducing teen repeat births can be achieved by initiatives targeting teen pregnancy.

"You're really addressing two issues," she said.

Since 2010, Richmond County has received a $7.5 million CDC grant to try to lower teen pregnancy and teen births by 10 percent in five years. The grant, administered by the Georgia Campaign, has helped fund two teen health clinics.

Elliston said teens must be connected with health clinics where they can be educated about birth control. Higher teen pregnancy and teen repeat birth rates in rural counties are partially the result of limited access to health care and clinics, she said.

According to the CDC, 82 percent of teen mothers are not using the most effective forms of birth control.

Repeat teen births in the U.S. decreased more than 6 percent between 2007 and 2010, according to the CDC's National Vital Statistics System.

The CDC warned that repeat births adversely affect teens' education and job opportunities.

"You're really thinking about the well-being of the teen mom and baby," Elliston said. "Repeat births are often born low-weight and prematurely, which often leads to other health problems."

Comments

Sister_Ruby 1 year, 6 months ago

I heard on the radio this week that 70% of black births, 57% of hispanic births, and 50% of all births to women 30 years old and under are "Out of Wedlock".

Another sign of the Fall of America.

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TheItalian 1 year, 6 months ago

I think we should attack this problem like you progressives are attacking gun ownership. Oh wait, that would be discrimination against ones rights, oh wait, well, I digress. It's useless anyway, might as well talk to my bulldog

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RedEric 1 year, 6 months ago

Margaret Sanger had the solution and she was a progressive. The same political line as Dear Leader. Planned Parenthood offices could easily be used for her final solution. If that sounds like something the Nazi's would do your right! Nazis corresponded with good old Margaret and got info from her for her plans for mass sterilization of undesirables. Obama wouldn't do anything like that would he? Maybe only for emergencies.

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TheItalian 1 year, 6 months ago

I don't give a rats you know what about the Commie Sanger. Vilify them, shame them, regulate them, nationalize them, control them, The Progressive Way. I said nothing of sterilization. Oh we don't want to outlaw it, just want more background checks, mental health checks(which is not bad idea), etc etc etc.

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VSU 1 year, 6 months ago

I know a girl at work that just gave birth to her first baby a month or so ago (I guess it was her first baby, I don't know) but she is already pregnant again with another one. To my knowledge her mother kicked her out of the house after the first one. Is it no wonder Georgia is a leader of states in poverty. Nothing to be proud of. They are like alley cats.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 6 months ago

There is a direct and inarguable link between unwed mothers and poverty. It's a vicious cycle and a downward spiral. In most cases there is unfortunately no way back for the majority of these young women. And the men will not take the responsibility that God expects of them. That's the root problem with all of it.

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VSU 1 year, 6 months ago

Both parties are at fault, they could use protection, but then they would not get their welfare checks.

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WTFwtf 1 year, 6 months ago

We should retro fit the mosquito spraying trucks to rain down condoms in poor neighborhoods

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 6 months ago

They'll just make water balloons out of 'em.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 6 months ago

"Since 2010, Richmond County has received a $7.5 million CDC grant to try to lower teen pregnancy and teen births by 10 percent in five years. The grant, administered by the Georgia Campaign, has helped fund two teen health clinics."

So please educate us as to how the money was spent, what was the before, during and after birth rate (are we getting out money's worth?) and what kind of cars the persons who administer the "clinics" are driving.

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Abytaxpayer 1 year, 6 months ago

Another good example of YOUR tax dollars at work. The working people are funding the ones who vote for a living. Stop paying to have the babies after the 2nd one and welfare will decrease thru attrition. Stop the cycle.

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Pappa 1 year, 6 months ago

The baby mommas pimp out their baby so they can have babies and we pay them. Then they buy rims.

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TheItalian 1 year, 6 months ago

Sherwood, your solution? Pray for them? Oh wait....pray in one hand and...., see where it gets these wards of the state in 20 yrs.

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