Georgia ranks among worst states for repeat birth rates

Rural numbers highest

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 5:23 PM
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Meg Mirshak
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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.”

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itsanotherday1 04/02/13 - 07:30 pm
A direct result of welfare.

A direct result of welfare. Quit subsidizing it and it will diminish.

jecasm 04/02/13 - 11:53 pm
Pregnancy A Direct Result of Welfare?

I thought Georgia was a state of conservatives Perhaps I'm wrong but I am dismayed that the girls of Republican voters are not espousing their parents ways. Why are these parents not supporting their children and grandchildren? And if these young women relying on welfare, then why? Where are the means tests, the competency tests and job placement tests in this state? And why are the highest states for teen pregnancies in Republican states? It's disgraceful. Why are not these young women on birth control? Surely birth control is cheaper than raising a child? I am dismayed at these statistics. These girls obviously do not have conservative values.

lifelongresident 04/03/13 - 08:23 am
just because a state is

just because a state is republican doesn't mean everyone has conservative values...using your logic in states that are democratic then why are in nyc schools approx 80% of the student can't read the diploma they are given? democrats say they care about people especially minorities then if they care so much to give them all the welfare they want, free housing, and various programs designed to "educate the downtrodden" then why is 7 out of even 10 black babies born to single parent household and most of them receive some type of "gubment" welfare...also why in democratic states where they seem to "care" about da blacks and minorities such as chicago and other major cities have the highest murder rates in the country?? i don't get it democrats care so much that black children can't read and democratic states and cities lead the nation in black-on-black crime...can you say detroit, camden nj, chicago, philly, nyc, houston, compton, and other large cities in california, and even atlanta...i don't get it we have democratically run states and cities having the highest rates of poverty, illiteracy, and most of all most of them are on the brink of financial ruin-see detroit, michigan (just been put under receivership by the governor).

GiantsAllDay 04/03/13 - 09:59 am
Texas, Georgia--bible belt

Texas, Georgia--bible belt states. How's that abstinence only sex education working out for you?

itsanotherday1 04/03/13 - 10:46 am
Yes, a result of welfare.

Yes, a result of welfare. Young women know they can live carelessly and someone else will pick up the tab. It was the lifestyle of their teen mothers and grandmothers, so it is what they know.

Do you think it is just coincidence that the worst states in the stats also have high rates of people on public assistance?

bubbasauce 04/03/13 - 11:20 am
Itsanotherday1 hit the nail

Itsanotherday1 hit the nail on the head on their post. Nothing more needs to be said.

seenitB4 04/03/13 - 11:24 am
No surprise here...

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.


It needs to come to an end....

Little Lamb
Little Lamb 04/03/13 - 03:36 pm

jecasem posted:

These girls obviously do not have conservative values.

You got that right.

Look at the Jenkins County statistics. Someone needs to shut off the Ecstacy supply down there.

Darby 04/04/13 - 11:03 pm
jecasm - Georgia is a state in which a

majority vote Republican.

On the other hand, almost half of the state still votes reliably Democrat and liberal.

Look at that demographic to find the vast majority of repeat mothers on welfare. You won't need to look very hard.

Judging from the tone of your post, they are your kindred spirits...

It's not the daughters of Republicans who are having the babies. For the most part, they are the ones (and their parents) whose taxes are paying for these child mothers.

Question: Did you seriously think, as you implied, that everyone in the state votes Republican????

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