Race Matters: Unequal Opportunity in Adolescent Reproductive Health

By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

January 2, 2006


Discrimination in housing, lending, hiring and education left families of color with fewer resources with which to raise their children. In turn, kids of color had fewer opportunities for health, school or career success leaving them vulnerable to early childbearing. This 2006 fact sheet brings awareness to the issue of racial inequality and teen pregnancy, and provides policy strategies to tackle the issue. This brief is part of a comprehensive Race Matters toolkit. For more information, visit the Race Matters Institute. 

Key Takeaway

academic achievement and school involvement reduce the risk of kids having babies

Poverty was a strong indicator for kids having babies and sexual health issues caused by limited access to healthcare and fewer adult role models.

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