Teen Births: Nearly Half in State Are to Hispanics

Magaly Olivero, The Day, January 26, 2012


Hispanic teen birth rates in Connecticut are 8.5 times higher than whites’ and almost double that of African Americans for girls ages 15 to 19. Of the 2,626 teen births in 2009, almost half (1,277) were to Hispanics, according to data from the state Department of Public Health.


In Connecticut, 84 percent of births to teen mothers (ages 15 to 19) in 2009 were to low-income mothers enrolled in the publicly subsidized HUSKY or Medicaid health plans. The number of births to teens in these programs remains steady, immune to the declines statewide and nationally.


Advocates hope $6.4 million in federal funds targeting at-risk Hispanic and African-American teens in the state’s poorest cities will make a difference by reaching youth in ways that resonate with their culture and language.

But many experts say little will change until the state has the financial resources and political will to address the underlying issues—poverty, domestic violence, education achievement gaps, unemployment—that impact Hispanic youth.

Complicating matters are language and cultural factors that research shows put Hispanics at greater risk of becoming parents, experts say. These run the gamut from strictly defined gender roles and machismo, to religious beliefs that ban contraception and abortion.


At 13 percent of the state’s population, the Hispanic community is growing at a dramatic rate—by almost 50 percent during the past decade—and experiencing increasing social and health inequities.

Almost a third of Hispanic children ages 17 and younger live in poverty. Almost 22 percent of all Hispanics have no health insurance. The state’s Hispanics had the third highest unemployment rate in the nation in 2010, according to the Economic Policy Institute, a Washington, D.C., think tank. Hispanics had a four-year high school graduation rate of 64 percent in 2010, according to state Department of Education data.


As a public health issue, teen childbearing cost state taxpayers at least $137 million in 2008 for public health care, child welfare, incarceration and lost tax revenue due to decreased earnings and spending, reports the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.


In New London, the Board of Education voted this month to allow the health clinic at New London High School to distribute birth control pills and condoms to students who have parental consent. The center already provides pregnancy tests and treats sexually transmitted diseases, but never handed out contraception before.

“It was not an easy decision to make but the only one that was responsible when you look at the alarming rate of sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy among our youth,” said Liz Garcia Gonzalez, vice president of the New London Board of Education and executive director of Centro de la Comunidad of New London.


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  • Anonymous

    A vicious cycle would ensue that could have been easily prevented: don’t let them in in the first place.

    • They’re not being let in.

      Most Hispanics in Connecticut, specifically the Hartford area, are Puerto Ricans.

      I’ve lived around Cubans, Mexicans, Puerto Rican, Central and South Americans. 

      By far, Puerto Ricans are the worst. 

      Cubans, who are largely White Hispanics, are the best.

      Puerto Ricans have significant Black and Amerind admixture, mainly black though. 

      Many of the same issues that plague predominantly Black neighborhoods are also present in Puerto Rican neighborhoods.

      Unlike just about every other Hispanic group I listed above, Puerto Ricans seem to have an affinity for African-Americans and act just like them. 

      Unlike a lot of other Hispanic groups, Puerto Ricans are also extremely averse to employment.

      If Puerto Ricans were the majority of Hispanics in this country, there really would be a Black-Brown partnership. 

      Both groups are made for each other (and made for committing crimes together too).

  • Anonymous

    Anyone who has taken an entry-level Environmental Science class knows that people from more primitive backgrounds tend to have more children than Post-Industrial, college-educated individuals. We are supposed to believe that after a couple of generations, the Hispanics will assimilate, and their birth-rates will taper off as they become more responsible, college-educated citizens.

     Studies on regression to the mean, however, have already proven that 3rd generation Hispanic Americans perform no better than the first generation, which means that the kids are going to keep coming. And since the mostly white tax-base is dwindling , there will be no one left to keep the party going.

    Imagine Connecticut in 50 years. New England, land of the first 13 colonies, reduced to 3rd world squalor. Illegal power hookups (where electricity is available), no potable water, shanty towns springing up around decrepit colonial architecture. A very bitter part of me is amused to see that our moral betters in the dyed in the wool blue states are now going to have to suffer the ramifications of their ideology. It would almost be worth it to see the whole ship go down, if I could only live long enough to witness squatters in front of the Kennedy Compound.

  • Anonymous

    These people think only of today.

  • Ron

    Way you solve this:

    A) Mandatory birth control for all unmarried females starting as teenagers.  If something happens, too bad, no welfare

    B) Mandatory sterilization for anyone who has a child while on the public dole

    That would pretty much solve all this.

  • Anonymous

    Well, at least they didn’t blame the out of wedlock births on white racism.  I see that as a step in the right direction!

  • Ron

    Haha, don’t you love the experts!? I think these guys don’t believe in birth control as most of them are catholic, plus its time for their reconquista of norte americano. when this thing blows up, this is going to be a sight to see!

  • Bardon Kaldian

    So much for influence of the Catholic Church (virginity, no premarital sex etc.).

  • But many experts say little will change until the state has the
    financial resources and political will to address the underlying
    issues—poverty, domestic violence, education achievement gaps,
    unemployment—that impact Hispanic youth.

    This is about as silly as saying that the high unemployment rate of 13-year old black “men” is causing them to contract AIDS, a bromide we have read right here on AR in the last few months.  How many 15-year old young Hispanic women are expected to be employed in a job that she must fill out a W-4 before starting?

  • Bardon Kaldian

    Judging from this- http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/09000.html – Hispanics are ca. 9% White & 7% Mestizo. But- I thought that European Whites constituted around  90% of Connecticut’s population.

  • Anonymous

    Heather Mac Donald explains the phenomenon:

    Hispanic Family Values? [highlights]
    Heather Mac Donald
    City Journal
    Autumn, 2006

    HISPANIC UNMARRIED BIRTHRATE is three times whites’ and Asians,’ one-and-a-half times blacks’:

    “Every 1,000 unmarried Hispanic women bore 92 children in 2003 (the latest year for which data exist), compared with 28 children for every 1,000 unmarried white women, 22 for every 1,000 unmarried Asian women, and 66 for every 1,000 unmarried black women.”

    BIRTHS TO UNMARRIED FEMALES nearing half of Hispanic births:

    “Forty-five percent of all Hispanic births occur outside of marriage, compared with 24 percent of white births and 15 percent of Asian births.” (data from Center for Disease Control) [NOTE: “…black out-of-wedlock births—68 percent—exceeds the Hispanic rate. But the black population is not going to triple over the next few decades.”]

    TEEN BIRTHRATE FOR MEXICANS far outstrips teen birthrate for other ethnic groups:

    “The Mexican teen birthrate is 93 births per every 1,000 girls, compared with 27 births for every 1,000 white girls, 17 births for every 1,000 Asian girls, and 65 births for every 1,000 black girls.”


    1) HISPANIC TEENS — AND THEIR PARENTS — VIEW TEENAGERS HAVING BABIES OUT-OF-WEDLOCK AS NORMAL: Dr. Ana Sanchez delivers babies at St. Joseph’s Hospital in the city of Orange, California:

    “Most alarming,” the teens’ parents “view having babies outside of marriage as normal, too. A lot of the grandmothers are single as well; they never married, or they had successive partners. So the mom sends the message to her daughter that it’s okay to have children out of wedlock.”

    2) ETHNIC GROUPS VARY IN THE VALUE THAT THEY PLACE ON EDUCATION — and hence avoidance of early pregnancy: Dr. Sanchez: “I’m Hispanic myself. I wish I could find out what the Asians are doing right.” Her guess: Passion for education innoculates Asian children against teen pregnancy and the underclass trap:”Hispanics are not picking that up like the Asian kids.”

    FOR HISPANIC TEEN FATHERS, GIRLFRIEND’S PREGNANCY IS ABOUT PEER RESPECT: Kathleen Collins of Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino Counties:

    “We’re seeing a lot more 13- and 14-year-old fathers”; Scott Montoya, an Orange County sheriff’s deputy: “It’s now all about getting girls pregnant when you’re age 15”; Health worker Jason Warner: “A lot of [the adolescent sexual behavior] has to do with getting respect from one’s peers.”


    “Despite the strong family support, the prevalence of single parenting among Hispanics is producing the inevitable slide into the welfare system. ‘The girls aren’t marrying the guys, so they are married to the state,’ Dr. Sanchez observes. Hispanics now dominate the federal Women, Infants, and Children free food program . . . Illegal immigrants can get WIC and other welfare programs for their American-born children.”


    “…for all these markers of social dysfunction, fatherless Hispanic families differ from the black underclass in one significant area: many of the mothers and the absent fathers work, even despite growing welfare use . . . How these two value systems—a lingering work ethic and underclass mating norms—will interact in the future is anyone’s guess. Orange County sheriff’s deputy [Scott] Montoya says that the older Hispanic generation’s work ethic is fast disappearing among the gangbanging youngsters whom he sees. ‘Now, it’s all about fast money, drugs, and sex.’ It may be that the willingness to work will plummet along with marriage rates . . . Or it may be that the two contrasting practices will remain on parallel tracks, creating a new kind of underclass: a culture that tolerates free-floating men who impregnate women and leave, like the vast majority of black men, yet who still labor in the noncriminal economy.”

  • Having age 15 as the minimum for this set of stats is appropriate.  Ask Bon of Babble about Quinceañera.

  • We need to change these programs. Having 3 babies by 18 shouldn’t be a free and easy ride in a great apartment. No longer! We need to cut these benifits down and we need spot inspections for the hidden marriage to the 40 yr old lawn cutter who gets to live there for free in an undeclard marriage while uncle sam pays for it all

  • Anonymous

    “Advocates hope $6.4 million in federal funds targeting at-risk Hispanic and African-American teens in the state’s poorest cities will make a difference by reaching youth in ways that resonate with their culture and language.”

    -$6.4 million??? For what – hiring 160 people at $40,ooo a year to personally follow these girls around every day to make they’re not, um, doing anything that could give them a baby at 15? What exactly is that money for?
    -are whites ineligible for help from this money?
    -isn’t this money just (maybe) delaying the inevitable anyway? They might have a baby at 17 instead of 16, but still…..
    -“….ways that resonate with their culture and language.” Will someone PLEASE get their hands on this and post it so  I can laugh and laugh. The comic potential of this is enormous.

  • Anonymous

    What was that again about “family values?”

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    In New London, the Board of Education voted this month to allow the health clinic at New London High School to distribute birth control pills and condoms to students who have parental consent.

    Stupid Stupid Board of Education!!  

    The Free Health Clinic at NL High School can distribute ALL the birth control pills and condoms it wants.

    They won’t be used, or won’t be used properly.

    In order for birth control pills to work, the female must take them at the same time every day religiously (any/all puns intended).   Do you think a 15-year old 90 IQ young female will do this?
    HAH!! (they’ll blame the “pills” while secretly wanting to get pregnant — in my next post, I’ll tell you why).

    Condoms?    Laughable!  The boys won’t wear them.  Period.  That is one of several main reasons the teen pregnancy and STD rates are so high.

      And what do they care?  The government will pick up all the costs of any/all rug rats they spawn.  Later, he’ll work for cash for his uncle who does lawn work or roofing so he doesn’t have to pay child support (no income)  that is, if he can stay out of jail, which is unlikely.

    What will work?  An IUD implant — NOT Nor-Plant — they’ll take a razor blade and remove it!!  They can’t remove an IUD — THAT’S what the clinica should be dispensing to ALL OF THEM. (and THE only thing that will stop Hispanic teen pregnancies — and the onerous cost to taxpayers).

    What’s going on in California to pay for this outrage, that and illegals, is heading YOUR way, you won’t escape it, we are on the leading edge:

    Support for Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax initiative is widening among voters,  In a survey by the Public Policy Institute of California, 68 percent of likely voters — up from 60 percent six weeks ago — support his plan to increase the sales tax by a half percent and raise income taxes on individuals with an annual income of $250,000 or more.

    You will have a population that votes for taxes on YOU.


  • They are born pregnant, basically. Whites born in 2010 and 2011 were already minorities in their age group. This sort of mass immigration and breeding will see Whites as an overall minority and a minority of children and the workforce in less than 30 years if something is not done to stop it.

  • B

    Well, at least this behavior will keep the vast majority of them poor and therefore unable to ever buy a home in my town.

    • Bon, From the Land of Babble

      Don’t be so sure.  Section 8 housing is being shoehorned into some VERY nice neighborhoods in California and elsewhere — on purpose, of course; I believe nice, safe White neighborhoods are being targeted for Section 8 housing.   No one is safe from this.

      Object? You are a racist Nazi.

      • B

        That is true but it is still more the urban areas that this is happening to. No busses in my town therefore no section 8.

  • B

    The history of the white race makes me think that could never happen.

  • Ron

    I don’t think anything will stop them in the future except the right of self defense to these types of scenarios that is natural and also codified in the 2nd Amendment. I don’t think you really have much too much to worry about though.

    At least in the next 10 years this system is going to economically collapse and then hell will break loose when all this third world population doesn’t get their free stuff anymore.   You still have a hardcore self-defense group here that will awaken when attacked.  All these trends will reverse themselves. Watch and wait for the fun to start.  Remember how the Japanese were scared to death about invading the mainland?

    You’re kind of saying what Stalin and his ilk did to the kulaks in the Ukraine, when the communist activists went out into the countryside to confiscate property.  Problem is the kulaks, unlike a lot of Americans, didn’t have weaponry to resort to, to defend themselves and their property.  Just all you pray for the economy to collapse soon that will hasten the day for the communist vermin to really freak out.  These Repubs ain’t going to do anything.  Too little too late.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    While it’s true that Hispanics have an average IQ of 90 and don’t do as well as whites academically, it doesn’t take a genius to know that having a baby out of wedlock at the age of 15 or 16 would be disastrous.

    Well, for them, it is NOT disastrous.

    Let me see if I can explain this from the girl’s POV:

    OK, so here I am a young Hispanic female, aged 15 or 16.  I don’t like school.  I’ve taken Algebra I twice and failed it both times, it doesn’t make any sense.  I don’t get the hang of English, it’s too complicated and boring — failed that too.  I mostly speak Spanish but can’t read or write it.   Biology?  F.   No one at home cares if I go to school or not so why should I?  No one in my family graduated from middle school OR high school and they’re all OK.

    School is just too hard and boring.  And, since I started ditching, I’m falling further and further behind. I don’t like carrying heavy books around and I don’t like reading, it’s boring.  I also don’t want to be accused of trying to “act White.”

    BUT, I have see plenty of girls in my class get LOTS of attention, special counseling and gifts, parties, clothing and services when they got pregnant.  One said now that she is a mother, she can get her own apartment and AFDC when she turns 18.  There’s also WIC too for formula, baby food and diapers.  The clinic and hospital are free and will even pick me up in a van at school and take me home.

    So why not get pregnant?  Juan won’t use a condom anyway.  My mom had ME at 15 and I turned out OK.  Grandmother too, only she was 14, and married, living in Mexico. Now she lives here and says she’ll babysit.  I’ll also have something that will belong to ME and love ME.


    Thus, Hispanic girls give up on school and enter the far more rewarding “mommy” track with the government playing the role of provider.  There is no stigma (because it’s so common) and not a disaster for them.  If the family is non-citizen, this is great news!  An anchor baby who can “fix” everyone’s papers.

    The only disaster is for White American Taxpayers who are being bled dry through taxes and out-bred by this undesirable population, forced to limit the size of THEIR families to subsidize single Hispanic motherhood.


    • This is exactly why California is lost!

      • Bon, From the Land of Babble

        Thomas, I don’t know where you live but this is spreading all over the country!! 

        Hispanics are expanding and scurrying into every corner of the US like cockroaches.  I’ve even seen them in Hawaii and Alaska.

        They have high birth rates, high crime rates and high welfare use.  

        Unless this is stopped in its tracks, not only is California doomed, the entire US is doomed. 

        Yet what do I see?  Idiot Republicans pandering to the Hispanic community!! 


        • I live at
          ground zero Bon, Southern California. I refuse
          to support any “conservative” who advocates rewarding a group of people who
          entered this country in violation of our immigration laws, not to mention sovereignty!
          The incessant pandering by these traitors to a group, which is destroying this
          country, borders on treason IMO.


          continue to provide your analysis and insight Bon. It is some of the best I’ve
          ever read on the topic of this hispanic illegal invasion being inflicted upon