ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Teen pregnancy costs New Mexico taxpayers about $103 million a year according to a new study.
The national campaign to prevent teen and unplanned pregnancy takes into consideration several factors when coming up with their numbers.
It includes public health car but it also includes lost tax revenue.
Officials say children of teen mothers have an increased chance of incarceration.
The good news from this report, the state is actually seeing an improvement when it comes to teen pregnancies.
New Mexico saw a 33 percent decrease of teen pregnancy between 1991 and 2010 which has saved New Mexico taxpayers about $64 million.