The teen birth rate in the U.S. has dropped to an historic low, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The same is happening in Oregon.
The birth rate for teenagers between 15 and 19 dropped 6 percent between 2011 and 2012. After several years of similar declines, the rate now stands at about 30 births per one thousand teenagers -- or half of what it was in 1991.
In Oregon, the rate is 23 births, an 8 percent drop from last year. Jessica Duke with Oregon Public Health said the state has strong laws granting access to reproductive services for teens. A new law also appears to be helping.
"The sexuality education law that was passed in 2009 [states] that sexuality education cannot be fear or shamed based. It really has to be factual," Duke said. "So we're not at a point yet where we with data that we can say, 'Well, we have X and so now we have Y.' But we think that is helping us move in the right direction."
Oregon's birth rate is still high when compared to some developed countries. Switzerland's rate is about four births, Netherlands is about five and Denmark is about six.
This story originally appeared on Oregon Public Broadcasting.