The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) under the Department of Health and Human Services recently released a report outlining that birth rates are the lowest in American history.
In 2011, less than 4 million babies were born in the nation, with an average of 63 births per 1,000 women of childbearing age (15-44). While no information has been released regarding abortion rates in 2011, the latest year on record, 2008, shows that over 1 million babies were aborted in America within a year’s span.
Birth rates to teenagers dropped 10 percent from 2010 to 2011, and is said to be the lowest since 1946. However, nearly 330,000 teenagers ages 15 to 19 gave birth last year. This figure does not account for teen mothers who had an abortion.
The CDC also outlined that out of the less than 4 million births last year, 40.7 percent were to unwed mothers. Unmarried teens accounted for 18 percent of this figure. It claims, however, that this figure has dropped, compared to its high in 1970, when teens accounted for 50 percent of all births. This time period is referred to by some as the free-love movement, where sexual promiscuity was encouraged by the rock music and hippy culture. The majority of abortions have statistically been shown to be by unwed mothers.