Babies having Babies: Texas tops nation in number of repeat teen births
Sep 2, 2009
Sep 2, 2009
A recent report by a Washington based research group, child trends, shows Texas has the highest rate of repeat births of any other state by 23-percent. Laredo has seen the trend here. And as our Concetta Callahan reports, more than a dozen cases were reported from both Untied and Laredo school districts last year. Statistics show Dallas has the highest number of repeat teen births in the state of Texas. San Antonio comes in at a close second while Houston leads the state with the number of teen births under the age of 15. And local numbers show Laredo is starting to compete. Dr. Hector Gonzalez, Director, Health Department, "The risk and certainly teenage pregnancy is a concern here." "Although our numbers aren't as high as larger cities such as Houston and Dallas, Dr. Gonzalez says Laredo still has more than 300 teens pregnant each year." Take a look at what Laredo and United school districts reported last year. In there 2008-2009 school year... LISD had 188 teen pregnancies while UISD had 175. In that same year LISD reported having 14 repeat teen births compared to UISD's 17. “A 12, 13, 14, 15 year old is still developing both physiologically and mentally and socially and then you add a pregnancy and that adds to the pressures, the burden of growing as a normal child." The pregnancy education and parenting program at UISD is designed to alleviate some of the stress these teens might be going through. Silva Garcia, Pep Teacher "We help them overcome some of these obstacles by providing transportation, counseling services, and providing childcare services, as well as home instruction." All funded through a state program. Teens also put themselves at risk for potential infections including sexually transmitted diseases and HIV when becoming sexually active at such a young age. Over the last 2 years we've seen that 50% of our new HIV cases have been women 15-30 so that's the teen group." But the most disheartening repeat teen pregnancy case Dr. Gonzalez tells us was back in 2007. "One of them was 13 years old and this was her second and so she was pregnant between 11 and 12." Its devastating Dr. Gonzalez says to see such a young girl go through that twice. According to LISD officials, abstinence is taught as the preferred behavior in their sex ed classes. However, other forms of education are briefly touched on including human sexuality and sexually transmitted diseases.