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Teen pregnancy on the rise, says Guttmacher Institute

Posted On Tue, January 26, 2010

A new survey has found that teenage pregnancy is once again on the rise following more than a decade of declines.

According to the Guttmacher Institute, 7 percent of women between the ages of 15 and 19 - or 71.5 per 1,000 women - went through pregnancies in 2006. The increase in pregnancies was a stark reversal from the trend seen through the 1990s and into the 2000s of decreased amounts of teen pregnancies.

After peaking in 1990 at 116.9 teen pregnancies per 1,000 women, the rate had plummeted by 41 percent by 2005 as only 69.5 per 1,000 teens were pregnant.

Lawrence Finer, Guttmacher’s director of domestic research, said it was not yet possible to tell if the 05-06 pregnancy rate was nothing more than a fluctuation in data or a newly-established trend that would be seen for years to come, acknowledging that either option was still "of great concern.”

"Either way, it is clearly time to redouble our efforts to make sure our young people have the information, interpersonal skills and health services they need to prevent unwanted pregnancies and to become sexually healthy adults," he added.

Because of the numerous health risks and medical costs associated with being pregnant, particularly if it involves a teenage mother, it is essential for families to ensure that any health coverage taken out for their children covers the medical assistance that would be needed in such a situation.

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