Family Planning Facts:
Over 40% of all pregnancies in New Mexico are
unintended. Over 60% of pregnancies to 18-19 year old teenagers are unintended.1
In 2005, New Mexico Department of Health Family Planning
Program-funded clinics served
over 44,000 clients.2
In 2001, there were 125,780 females (approximately
one-third of the
female child-bearing population in NM) at risk for unintended pregnancies
and in need of publicly supported contraceptive services and supplies3, only
43% of those in need are
currently being served in New Mexico Department of Health Family Planning
Eighty-one percent (81%) of the clients served in
2005 in the New Mexico Department of Health Family Planning Program-funded
clinics were below 100% poverty.2
In 2003, New Mexico ranked 1st in birth rates for
15-19 year olds at 63 per 1,000. The U.S. rate is 42 per 1,000.5
In 2000, 64% of New Mexico teen pregnancies resulted in live
births; 21% abortions; 15% miscarriages and stillbirths.6
In New Mexico, teen birth rates declined
11% between 1998-2003.7
The four risk factors consistently associated with
teen pregnancy are: early school failure, early behavioral problems, family
dysfunction, and poverty.8
In New Mexico, serving a woman in a Family Planning clinic costs
approximately $150 a year compared to an average managed care cost of $3,754
for labor and delivery.
Cost benefit analysis indicate that for every dollar spent on family
planning, $4—$27 are saved depending on the population model used.
In New Mexico, society pays between $525 million and $650 million in
economic value to support teenage mothers compared to older, age 20-24
If all New Mexico teenage mothers could be persuaded to delay childbirth
until they are at least 20 years old, but their social and economic conditions
were to remain, the savings to society would be approximately $235 million.9
Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring Surveillance
Report Year 2000 Births. New Mexico Department of Health, Public Health
Division, Family Health Bureau, Maternal & Child Health Epidemiology Program.
Santa Fe, NM. Published August 2003, Available at:
Mexico Department of Health Family Planning Program Annual Report (FPAR) 2005.
3. Contraceptive Needs and Services
, 2001-2002. The Alan Guttmacher Institute 2004. Available at
New Mexico Department of Health Family Planning Program Need Assessment 2005. A
section of New Mexico Department of Health Family Planning Program Title X Grant
Proposal, Santa Fe, NM..
5. Kids Count
2006. Available at
Teenage Pregnancy Statistics. Overall Trends, Trends by Race and Ethnicity And
State-by-State Information. The Alan Guttmacher Institute 2004. Available at:
Challenge 2005. Reducing Teen Pregnancy in New Mexico. New Mexico Department of
Health Family Planning Program, Santa Fe, NM.
Facts at a Glanc (October 1997). Child Trends, Inc., Washington, D.C.
PT. The Economic Cost of Teenage Pregnancy in New Mexico: New Estimates. May
2006. A study produced for the New Mexico Department of Health, Public Health
Division, Family Planning Program.
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