Pregnancy rates among women aged 24 or younger hit record lows in 2016, while rates for women aged 35 and older reached new highs, according to a new analysis published Thursday by Guttmacher, a sexual and reproductive health research organization.
Meanwhile, abortion rates have also declined for young people over the past 25 years, partially due to a decline in the number of people in that age group who became pregnant.
“Pregnancy rates for young people have reached their lowest recorded levels, and both birth and abortion rates among young people are continuing a longstanding decline over the past two-and-a-half decades,” said Guttmacher Senior Research Associate Isaac Maddow-Zimet.
“Conversely, pregnancy rates among older age groups have reached historic highs, with abortion rates remaining fairly constant.”
Guttmacher’s count of pregnancies includes ones that end in births, abortions, miscarriages and stillbirths.
In 2016, the latest year for which comprehensive data is available,