Birth Rate for Unmarried Black Women Declines

The National Center for Health Statistics issued a report on June 30 that indicated a drop in the “out-of-wedlock” birth rate for black women of every age group. Black women under thirty have shown especially large declines. Officials who have interpreted the study attribute the decline to increased use of contraceptives by black women. Sex-education, and abstinence programs were also thought to have lowered the birth rates.


The New York Times - July 1, 1998

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