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Births to teenage mothers down in the U.S.

Births to teen mothers are now at a record low in the United States.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) -- Teenage birth rates fell eight percent in a single year, from 2010 to 2011, according to new data. They’ve plunged 25 percent since 2007 and they’re down 49 percent since 1991, the Federal government says.

It’s especially good news because such births are almost always unplanned and the parents are rarely ready to cope with the responsibility of raising a baby. Teenage moms are also more likely to have babies of a smaller-than-healthy weight or to have stillborn births.

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