Birth Rate in Very Young Women Declines

There has been a dramatic decline over the past decade in very young women giving birth. (click here) The reasons aren’t give, but we can assume greater education, more prosperity, desire for upward mobility, perhaps greater access to and acceptance of birth control. (In a recent national poll (TESEV, by Carkoglu and Kalaycioglu, I believe), more than half of the respondents wished for birth control to become even more available.

Turkish Statistical Institute (TÜİK) data has shown that the number of births for women who are under 15 has dropped dramatically in the last 10 years.

According to the TÜİK data, between 2001-2010 there were 12,532,530 births in Turkey.

When the age of the mothers was analyzed, there was a drop of 87 percent of mothers who were under 15.

The number of births for women who are between 15-19 also dropped by 37 percent, according to the report. The birth numbers also dropped by 22.3 percent for women between 20 and 24.

The statistics showed that women above 30 started giving more births in the last 10 years. Accordingly, there was a 31 percent increase for women who chose to be mothers between the ages of 31 and 39.

The birth numbers also fell for women who were above 40. Accordingly, the number of births dropped by 19 percent for women who were between 45 and 49.

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