Resources for Policymakers

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 well-being 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.

The Texas Campaign supports fiscally-sound policies which ensure that young people in Texas have access to the information and health care needed to prevent unintended pregnancy.

  • Approximately 87 percent of teen births are funded through Medicaid. Click here to read about the cost savings associated with reducing teen pregnancy.
  • Click here to see data around teen birth in Texas.
  • For in-depth county level statistics on adolescent health, visit the county fact pages section of the website

The Texas Campaign holds a variety of data around teen birth and adolescent health. For additional data or policy resources, email jen@txcampaign.org.

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