Why Care?

  • The Oklahoma State Department of Health reported 4,434 births to teens ages 19 and younger in 2015. [4]
  • Over one-fourth (29%) of those births were to teens ages 17 and younger, with 43 of those occurring among 10 to 14 year-olds. [4]
  • Seven out of 10 births (71%) were to older teens, ages 18 – 19. [4]
  • Nearly one in every five births (18%) was to a girl who was already a parent. [4]
  • Compared to other states in 2015, Oklahoma remained among those with the highest (worst) teen birth rates for all age ranges. [4]
  • Oklahoma ranks 3rd for highest birth rates for ages 15-19 in 2015. [4]
  • In national studies, two-thirds of teen mothers indicate their first sexual intercourse was non-consensual and occurred between ages 9-12. [4]
  • 30% of girls that drop out of school cite pregnancy/parenting as the reason. [4]
  • More Oklahoma teen girls aged 18-19 gave birth in 2015, than entered Oklahoma State University and the University of Oklahoma as new, in-state freshmen students in the fall semester. [4]
  • In 2014, 13 babies A DAY were born to teens in Oklahoma. [2]
  • About one-fourth of teen mothers have a second child within 24 months of the first birth—which can further impede their ability to finish school or keep a job, and to escape poverty. [3]
  • Only 38 percent of mothers who have children before age 18 ever graduate from high school compared with about three-quarters of similarly situated young women who delay childbearing until age 20 or 21. [3]
  • Two-thirds of families begun by a young unmarried mother are poor. [3]
  • In 2008, Oklahoma spent $190 million on issues relating to teen births. [3]
  • Nationally, the CDC estimates one in four adolescents currently have a sexually transmitted infection. Many don’t know as they display no signs nor symptoms. [1]

  1. http://www.cdc.org/
  2. http://www.ok.gov/health/
  3. http://www.thenationalcampaign.org/
  4. Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy 2017 Report