Like the rest of the nation, Texas has made tremendous progress in reducing the rate of teen birth. Between 2009 and 2018, the birth rate per 1,000 girls ages 15-19 decreased by 56%, from 57.4 to 25.0 per 1,000. However, much is left to accomplish. As of 2018, Texas has the 9th highest rate of teen birth in the nation and the highest rate of repeat teen births. Approximately 15% of Texas girls give birth before the age of 20.
Improving access to effective contraception and providing medically accurate sex education can empower young women with the tools and information they need to avoid unplanned pregnancy.