Policy Makers

Teen pregnancy, educational achievement, economic wellbeing, and child well-being are closely related. Policies that affect one of these issues often influence the others as well. Taking steps to address high teen pregnancy and birth rates in Texas has the potential to reduce high school dropout rates, improve college completion and overall educational attainment, boost tax contributions through higher earnings, and improve the economy. In addition, reducing births to adolescents can help strengthen families, improve child wellbeing and assist young people in achieving their goals, all of which reduce the likelihood that the cycle of teen pregnancy, economic hardship, and poverty will continue.

Download our FAQ about teen pregnancy and policy.

Click here to see Texas data about teen pregnancy.

Click here to read about the Public Cost of Teen Childbearing in Texas.

Download our Issue Brief about the Role of Adults in Teen Pregnancy Prevention