While pregnancy rates among D.C. teens between the ages of 15 and 19 are down, when compared to national statistics, the District's numbers remain a standout.
To that end, Councilmember Michael A. Brown and colleagues will join with the DC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy for a press conference at noon on Tuesday (Oct. 11) to shed light on the challenges D.C continues to face with teen pregnancy and its impact on the economic well being on both residents and the city.
According to a statement from his office, Brown -- who believes every young person deserves a chance at success -- will discuss his commitment to encourage teens to act responsibly, live healthy and make informed choices.
Facts overwhelmingly show that the burden of teen pregnancies fall on taxpayers. More than 50 percent of people who receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) started their families when they were teens. Also, 76 percent of children placed in foster care were born to teen parents, and sons of teen mothers are three times more likely to enter the criminal justice system.