Teen pregnancy rate down in Mass.
BOSTON -- Fewer teenage girls are giving birth in Massachusetts than ever recorded.
That's according to a new study by the state Department of Public Health, which shows the number of births to mothers aged 15 to 19 dropped to 19.5 births per 1,000 women in 2009. That's a significant decline from 22 births for every 1,000 women in 2007.
A study of births in the state found rates of pregnancies dropped by 32 percent for Asian teens, 14 percent for Whites and 11 percent for Hispanics.
Hispanic teens still have the highest rate of pregnancy among their peers with 63.1 births for every 1,000 women. There were 11.5 births per 1,000 white teenage women
The study also found the gap between mortality rates of black infants compared to White infants narrowed for the first time in 20 years.
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