Reduce pregnancies in adolescents — FP‑03

Status: Target met or exceeded

Target met or exceeded

Most Recent Data:
31.0 pregnancies per 1,000 females (2017)

31.4 per 1,000

Desired Direction:
Decrease desired

43.4 pregnancies per 1,000 females aged 15 to 19 years occurred in 2013

Reduce pregnancies among adolescent females

Target-Setting Method


Babies born to teen mothers are more likely to be premature, have a low birth weight, and even to die. Having a baby can also negatively impact teen mothers’ health and their educational and job opportunities. Although teen pregnancy and birth rates have gone down in recent years, disparities by race/ethnicity remain. Evidence shows that a variety of outreach and educational programs can help reduce teen pregnancies.