National Facts and Stats
The United States has the highest rates of teen pregnancy and births, by far the most of any comparable country.
While teen pregnancy and birth rates declined steadily during the 1990s, 34 percent of girls in this country still get pregnant at least once before age 20.
78 percent of pregnancies occur between the hours of 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
30-38 percent of teens who use contraception use it inconsistently.
Teen mothers are less likely to complete high school and are more likely to end up on welfare.
Children of teen mothers statistically have significant increases in low birth weight and prematurity, mental retardation, poverty, growing up without a father, welfare dependency, poor school performance, insufficient health care, inadequate parenting, abuse, and neglect.
U.S. taxpayers shoulder at least $7 billion annually in direct costs and lost tax revenues associated with teen pregnancy and childbearing.
** Source: National Campaign Publication
Local Facts and Stats
In Lucas County, alone, eight hundred children are born to teen parents each year. Lucas County has consistently been near the top of teen pregnancy rates among major urban counties during the last two decades. Teen childbearing in Ohio cost taxpayers at least $352 million in 2004.
In Lucas County at any one time there are over 13,000 youth who were born to a teen mother.
One out of every twenty-one investigations of child abuse and neglect by Lucas County Children Services involves children of teenage mothers and 35 percent of the ongoing cases involved a mother, who, as a teenager, had given birth to a child.
According to a 2006 University of Toledo study entitled “Women Offenders In the Criminal Justice System: Needs of and Services for Mothers”, forty percent of the women reported being pregnant with their first child before the age of 18 and were more than likely not to have graduated, had less of a take home pay, and had been arrested, than those women who had their first child after eighteen”.
**Source: Data & Evaluation Network: The Analysis of Teen Pregnancy Issues in Lucas County. April 2007.