Here is a number that can almost undo you when you really think about its implications: 51 percent of Latina women are pregnant at least once by age 20.
And here’s an article that gives you more insight behind that number:
|Latina Teen Pregnancies Spur Push for Family Talks|
|Run Date: 08/21/07|
|By Alison Bowen
|Latina teens have a pregnancy rate that’s twice the national average. Advocates working to lower the numbers point to inadequate sex education–including family conversations that don’t happen–as a primary barrier.|
|NEW YORK (WOMENSENEWS)–At 25, pushing her 22-month-old son Diego through Brooklyn’s sweltering summer streets, Maricela Estrada says she is not planning on any more children.Along with Diego, peeking out from the stroller, the soft-spoken woman, who became a mother at 20, has two other children, ages 4 and 5, at home with her husband of seven years.”For me, it’s not bad to have children as a young person,” Estrada said in Spanish near her Brooklyn home.
Estrada’s story is part of the eye-catching fertility statistics among Hispanic American women, who, on average, begin families earlier, have fewer abortions and, in their younger years, produce almost twice as many babies as other groups: 82 births per 1,000 among females aged 15 to 19, compared with the national average of 42 per 1,000.
Here’s the rest of the article.