CitizenLink – News Briefs – Teen Childbearing Costing States Millions

Children giving birth to children costs Arizona taxpayers at least $268 million a year, according to numbers released today by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. Numbers for the rest of the country will be available in October. The total includes $48 million for public health care, $32 million for child welfare, $88 million in lost tax revenue and $43 million for jail costs [because] “The sons of teen mothers are three times more likely to be incarcerated” than those born to adults. “The children of teen parents are twice as likely to be abused and neglected.”Between 1991 and 2004, Arizona girls gave birth to more than 158,300 children, costing taxpayers $3.7 billion.

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