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The Driving Force in Births to Teens and Unmarried Women?—Hispanics
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October 20, 2009, 03:23 AM
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In a newly released report, Estimated Pregnancy Rates for the United States, 1990-2005: An Update, [PDF]the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) provides details on trends in pregnancies, abortions and live births.

The data table below shows the teen, live-birth rates per 1,000 women in the specified group for the year 2005:

All Women

Non-Hispanic White

Non-Hispanic Black

Hispanic

40.5

25.9

60.9

81.7

Since 1990, the teen birth rate has plummeted from 59.9 per 1,000 women in 1990 to 40.5 in 2005. The primary driver has been the drop among non-Hispanic, Black teens, from 116.2 in 1990 to 60.9 in 2005.

Think how much more the teen birth rate would have dropped if our country was not importing so many Hispanics.

Hispanic women also lead in another unfortunate category, births to unmarried women. The table below shows the birth rate per 1,000 women in the specified group and also by marital status. The numbers are for the year 2005.

Status

All Women

Non-Hisp. White

All Black Women

Hispanic

Married

87.3

85.8

71.9

98.6

Unmarried

47.5

30.1

67.8

100.3

Note that in every group, the live-birth rate for unmarried women is lower than the birth rate for married women, except among Hispanics. The birth rate for unmarried women is 100.3 live births per 1,000 women and the rate for married women is 98.6 per 1,000 women.

Note also that the rate for Black women includes Hispanic women as well as non-Hispanic women. The live birth rate for non-Hispanic, Black women is 48.3 but the NCHS data table showing these numbers does not break out the rate by marital status for non-Hispanic Blacks.

The bottom line is that the live birth rate for unmarried Hispanic women is not only higher than that for married women but also the Hispanic unmarried birth rate is double that of non-Hispanic women.

Think how much lower the birth rate for unmarried women would be if our country was not importing so many Hispanics.

The facts are the facts, folks. These are government facts, neither Democratic nor Republican.

Do you suppose the $PLC will accuse the Nation Center for Health Statistics of racism? Just wondering.