Texas has highest teen birth rate in the country


POSTED: Tuesday, March 1, 2011 - 6:00pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - 10:09am

TEXAS-- The latest counts show teen pregnancy rates are going down across the country, but in Texas, that rate continues to be one of the highest.

Texas has the third highest teen birth rate in the nation, and it costs taxpayers about a billion dollars every year.

Elizabeth Harris was looking for love when she wound up pregnant. She says, "I think teen girls are really desiring that [love], and they need to find it somewhere else....not from the arms of a guy."

Aimee Crowl says it's the behavior, not the babies that are the problem.  "Teen sexuality before marriage is the problem. If we can nip that in the bud and talk to them about how damaging it is to their heart, that is really what is going to make a difference."

Planned Parenthood says more education and birth control would help. "I think it's incredibly irresponsible to say 'Don't have sex because it's a sin' rather than telling kids the truth... the scientific truth," says one Planned Parenthood official.  The Texas Education Code doesn't require public schools to teach sex education at all, and a study says 94 percent of Texas schools teach abstinence-only sex education.

Crowl says implementing sex education will only make the problem worse. "I feel like it's giving kids a license to do something that is damaging to them," she says.


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There is no such thing as Love, when a boy asks you to be his first because you aren't the first for him. He'll get you pregnant and then look for someone else to add to his collection, and then brags to his friends about being a father that will never be there for you or the baby.

What a misleading title, Ashley. There's a difference between the "highest teen birth rate in the country" (from title) and "the third highest teen birth rate in the nation" (from article).

I run a teen parent program. The education system teaching sex ed is not the problem, it's that parents are not teaching it. The comment from PP is right we do need to teach about the facts, but I disagree that abstinence is teaching it's a sin, abstinence is teaching that it is better to wait. Thanks for drawing attention to this issue, it really needs to be addressed but not by the state, by the parents of these teens they are the ones that need to be held accountable.

Most of these teens have parents that were young, when they had them and sometimes only the mother is there for the baby because the father is gone, and never seen again by the mother of the baby. It starts at home, but most parents tend to not want to get involved since they don't want rejection from their teen daughters and they may get pregnant on purpose to prove a point.

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