On December 3, San Antonio Metro Health released its 2013 Teen Pregnancy Report and Fact Sheet for Bexar County. There were 2,558 births to females ages 15 to 19 – a decline of nearly 700 births since 2010. The 2013 teen birth ratedropped to 40.1 per 1,000 – a 42 percent decline since 2000.
Repeat teen births accounted for 20% of all teen births in 2013 – a two percent decline from 2010.
Despite the declines, the estimated 2013 tax cost of teen childbearing is still high at $58 million.
“The prevention efforts of the San Antonio Teen Pregnancy Prevention Collaborative and others are making a big difference in our community, but we still have much more to do,” said Dr. Thomas Schlenker, Director of Metro Health.
Healthy Futures of Texas is proud to be a member of the San Antonio Teen Pregnancy Prevention Collaborative and working to build a healthier San Antonio. Our work in classrooms and agencies to prevent teen and unplanned pregnancy helps to ensure that ALL our young people can achieve their full potential – and postpone pregnancy until they are ready to be parents.