Regional
11:21 am
Sun May 25, 2014

Report: Teen Births Cost New Mexico More Than $100 Million/Year

  Teens giving birth are likely costing New Mexico more than $100 million a year according to a new report.

State health officials cited the study Thursday, saying taxpayers spent $103 million in 2010 as a result of teen pregnancies.

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, which conducted the study, says the state spent $2.5 billion overall between 1991 and 2010.

The study attributes the spending to subsidized health care and growing participation in public benefits programs.

However, the report also says the birth rate for girls between ages 15 and 17 has dropped 43 percent since 2000.

In 2012, New Mexico ranked 50th nationally with a birth rate of 47.5 for every 1,000 teenage girls.

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Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican, http://www.sfnewmexican.com

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