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A new report on abortion demographics was published on March 23, 2021 by the Guttmacher Institute, the research arm of Planned Parenthood. It shows the teen abortion rate has dropped by 82%! An analysis by Susan Wills of the Lozier Institute found that the largest abortion-rate declines were taking place among the younger age demographics. The report shows that between 1980 and 2017, the abortion rate for females between the ages of 15 and 19 fell by more than 82 percent, while the abortion rate for 35-to-39-year-olds fell by only 8.5 percent during the same time span. Keep in mind, it doesn't mean teens are getting pregnant at the same rate AND choosing life. That would mean pregnancy rates are also climbing. But they're not. The teen pregnancy rate peaked in 1990 (at that time is was 117.6 pregnancies per thousand girls age 15 to 19). Since then, the teen pregnancy rates have declined by a 73 percent. Between 2007 and 2013, the number of babies born to teens annually fell by 38.4 percent, according to research firm Demographic Intelligence. This drop occurred in tandem with steep declines in the abortion rate, which suggests that the decline isn't the product of more teenagers terminating pregnancies. Not only are fewer teens are becoming pregnancy, but also fewer teens are aborting. Positively Waiting! was founded in 2002. We began reaching out to teens along (with other Risk-Avoidance Education organizations) to encourage them to make better decisions about sexual behavior. For many years, the decline in teen pregnancy was attributed to an increase in contraception use -- and reported as a success of Comprehensive Sex Ed. But teen contraception rates have remained stable for many years (and waaay less than you'd expect given the BILLIONS of dollars the government has devoted to CSE -- only 54 percent of sexually active teens use birth control!) This new long-term data report is a great encouragement that FEWER TEENS ARE SEXUALLY ACTIVE! Thank you for supporting organizations like ours -- we are so grateful!!