Author(s): Bennett T, Skatrud JD, Guild P, Loda F, Klerman LV
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Abstract An analysis of 1990 census and vital statistics data for eight Southeastern states revealed that the teenage birthrate generally was higher in rural than in metropolitan areas; the exception was among black women aged 15-17. The highest birthrate was 162 births per 1,000 among rural black women aged 18-19. Abortion rates were much lower for rural teenagers than for urban teenagers, regardless of race. For 15-17-year-olds, white women had an abortion rate of 12 abortions per 1,000 in rural counties and 18 per 1,000 in metropolitan counties; black women had rates of 13 per 1,000 and 30 per 1,000 in rural and metropolitan areas, respectively. Similarly, the abortion ratio was lower in rural than in urban areas; for example, 18\% of rural white women aged 18-19 who became pregnant had an abortion, compared with 35\% of their metropolitan counterparts. Black 15-17-year-olds in metropolitan areas had a higher pregnancy rate (106 per 1,000) than those in rural counties (87 per 1,000). The pregnancy rate of white women aged 15-17 was similar in rural [corrected] and metropolitan areas (about 46 per 1,000). Among rural women aged 18-19, 32\% of births to whites and 45\% of those to blacks resulted from a second or higher order pregnancy.
This article was published in Fam Plann Perspect
and referenced in Journal of Womens Health Care