9NEWS, By Mackenzie Concepcion
DENVER – Colorado's teen pregnancy rate is plummeting, according to new data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
CDPHE said the birth and abortion rate for women ages 15 to 19 has been cut nearly in half from 2009 through 2014. The data from 2009 through 2013 had shown a 40-percent drop in teen births and a 35-percent decline in teen abortions.
Research has shown children born to mothers who did not want to have children are more likely to experience child abuse, poor health and educational challenges, according to CDPHE.
Evidence also indicates teen mothers are less likely to graduate from high school or earn as much as women who wait to have children.
CDPHE said the decrease in teen pregnancy has come out of the first five years of the Colorado Family Planning Initiative.