Public Costs

As a result of the confluence of successful efforts to prevent unintended births among teens, Texas saved $418 million in public spending in 2015 alone. Nationally, these savings totaled $4.4 billion in 2015.

Rates of teen births in Texas were 56% lower in 2015 than in 1991, the year that teen birth rates peaked nationally. This tremendous progress means that there were 43,400 fewer births to teens in Texas than there would have been had the rate not declined.

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