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U.S Pregnancy Rate Falls To 12-Year Low

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The U.S. pregnancy rate in 2009 was the lowest in 12 years and the second lowest in 30 years. (Getty Images)

The U.S. pregnancy rate in 2009 was the lowest in 12 years and the second lowest in 30 years. (Getty Images)

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ATLANTA (CBS Atlanta) - Fewer women in the United States are having babies, according to the latest figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The pregnancy rate for U.S. women in 2009 was 102.1 per 1,000 women aged 15–44, the lowest level in 12 years.

That translates to 6,369,000 pregnancies.

Only the 1997 rate of 101.6 has been lower in the last 30 years.

The report says there have been steep declines in the teen pregnancy rate, and rates are falling for all pregnancies and for all age and race groups.

The birth rate for married women was 72 percent higher than the rate for unmarried women and the abortion rate for unmarried women was almost five times higher than the rate for married women.

The rates rose in 2006 and 2007, but have been on a consistent decline for the past 30 years.

Pregnancy rates for married and unmarried women have fallen by 10 perent since 1990.

The CDC says the economic downturn that began in 2007 may be contributing to the lower numbers.

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