Teen Childbearing Cost Taxpayers $10.9 Billion

June 9th, 2011 | Posted in Pregnant Teen by

Teen Childbearing Cost Taxpayers $10.9 Billion –

original post: The National Campaign to Prevent teen and Unplanned Pregnancy

Teen childbearing in the United States cost taxpayers (federal, state, and local) at least $10.9 billion in 2008, according to an updated analysis released today by The National Campaign.  State costs in 2008 ranged from $16 million in North Dakota to $1.2 billion in Texas.

These public sector costs would have been considerably higher had it not been for the one-third decline in the U.S. teen birth rate between 1991 and 2008.  The estimated national savings to taxpayers in 2008 alone due to the substantial decline in the teen birth rate between 1991 and 2008 is $8.4 billion—ranging from $3.4 million in Wyoming to $1.4 billion in California.

“Reducing teen pregnancy not only improves the well-being of children, youth, and families, it saves taxpayer dollars,” said Sarah Brown, CEO of The National Campaign to Prevent teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.  “At a time when policymakers and others are intensely focused on cost-saving measures, funding proven efforts to reduce teen pregnancy is important, timely, and should be a high priority.”

The new analysis updates research originally conducted by Saul Hoffman, Ph.D. of the University of Delaware and released by The National Campaign in 2006.  The new analysis provides a conservative estimate of the costs of teen childbearing and is based on the increased risk of adverse consequences faced by teen mothers, fathers, and their children as compared to mothers having children at ages 20-21, controlling for many other factors.

Please visit www.TheNationalCampaign.org/costs for more information about the public costs of teen childbearing, including a one-page summary of the data, state-specific fact sheets and press releases for all 50 states the District of Columbia, ideas for how to use the data in your community, ideas on what policymakers can do, and a recorded webinar explaining the data.

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