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Teen Pregnancy on the rise PDF Print
Wednesday, 05 December 2007 21:41
America’s teen birthrate has risen for the first time in 15 years, the Associated Press reports. 
Government statisticians say that the birthrate, which has been dropping since its peak in 1991, rose 3 percent from 2005 to 2006. Some experts blame the jump on increased federal funding for abstinence-only health education programs. The report is based on a review of more than 99 percent of last year’s birth certificates by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The new teen birth numbers are based on the 15-19 age group. Births to unwed mothers reached an all time high in 2006, but experts do not believe teens to be the chief cause of those numbers. Teens account for fewer than a quarter of the nation’s unwed mothers.
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