The US teen birth rate dropped 61 percent since 1991

The US Teen Birth Rate Dropped 61 Percent Since 1991

U.S. teen births just hit a record low: The teen birth rate has dropped 61 percent since 1991.

Every state saw a decline, though some — like Colorado, Massachusetts and Connecticut — dropped more dramatically than others.

Experts attribute the decrease to education and availability of contraceptives, although some advocates credit MTV for the decline.

Shows like "Teen Mom" and "16 & Pregnant," they say, expose teens to the unglamorous side of teen pregnancies.

"Young people tell us that these shows are far more sobering than salacious," Bill Albert, spokesperson for the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, told BuzzFeed.
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