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Reduce Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy

Children born as a result of unintended pregnancies run higher risks of low birth-weight and preterm birth, both of which increase the likelihood of infant mortality.  For teens, becoming a parent is a leading reason for dropping out of high school. Teen childbearing in the United States costs taxpayers at least $10.9 billion (2008) due to expenditures associated with negative consequences for the children of teens.


See the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy for 50-state data, research, best practices, and policy guidance.