Compare Birth Rates, Abortion Rates and Number of Partners

Table 1: Birth, Abortion and Pregnancy Rates; and Abortion Ratio, By Country, Ages 15-19, Mid-1990s


Country Births per 1,000 Abortions per 1,000 Pregnancies per 1,000 Abortion ratio
Sweden (1996) 7.8 17.2 25.0 68.8
France (1995)* 10.0 10.2 20.2 50.5
Canada (1995) 24.5 21.2 45.7 46.4
Great Britain (1995)** 28.3 18.4 46.7 39.4
United States (1996) 54.4 29.2 83.6 34.9

*Rates are adjusted to the young woman's age in completed years when the event occured, to be comparable with other countries. Rates are not inflated for the underreporting of abortions.
**Rates for Great Britain (which comprises England, Wales, and Scotland) are calculated by combining data for these administrative areas.
Note: Pregnancy rates include births and induced births but do not include spontaneous abortions or miscarriages. The abortion ratio is the number of abortions per 100 pregnancies, excluding miscarriages.

SOURCE: The Alan Guttmacher Institute report on Teenage Sexuality and Reproductive Behavior in Developed Countries

Table 2: Births per 1,000 women Ages 15-19

Teenage birthrates declined less steeply in the United States than developed countries between 1970 and 2000.

Year Sweden France Canada England and Wales United States
197033.937.442.849.768.3
197528.833.135.336.555.6
198015.825.427.229.653.0
198511.016.923.229.551.0
199014.113.325.633.259.9
19958.610.024.228.456.8
20006.89.420.230.848.7

SOURCE: The Alan Guttmacher Institute report on Teenage Sexuality and Reproductive Behavior in Developed Countries

Table 3: Percentage of Sexually Active Teenagers, Ages 18 to 19, With Two or More Partners in the Past Year


Country Women Men
Sweden (1996)* 42.8 31.3
France (1992, 1994) 12.8 28.8
Canada (1996) 23.5 38.1
Great Britain (1990-1991) unavailable unavailable
United States (1995) 48.6 48.8

SOURCE: The Alan Guttmacher Institute report on Teenage Sexuality and Reproductive Behavior in Developed Countries

Table 4: Annual Syphilis, Gonorrhea and Chlamydia Rates, Rate per 100,000


Country Adolescents 1519 General Population
Female Male Total
Syphilis
Sweden 1995 1.2 0.0 0.6 0.8
Canada 1996 0.9 0.3 0.6 0.3
England and Wales 1996 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.3
United States 1996 8.6 4.3 6.4 4.3
Gonorrhea
Sweden 1995 2.0 1.5 1.8 2.8
France 1996* 8.4 7.0 7.7 8.4
Canada 1996 86.4 33.3 59.4 16.8
England and Wales 1996 83.4 51.5 67.0 22.4
United States 1996** 758.2 394.8 571.8 125.1
Chlamydia
Sweden 1995 921.0 235.2 569.6 156.0
France 1996** 110.9 1.6 55.1 60.2
Canada 1996 998.6 148.5 563.3 114.8
England and Wales 1996** 339.0 74.2 202.9 75.9
United States 1996** 2,067.0 245.8 1,131.6 192.6

*General population rates for France are calculated using the number of infection cases per 100,000 population at ages 1559.
** This country has medium or low reporting rates; that is, fewer than 70% of diagnosed cases are estimated to be reported.

SOURCE: The Alan Guttmacher Institute report on Teenage Sexuality and Reproductive Behavior in Developed Countries


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