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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

CDC Reports Drop in Teen Birthrate for '07-'08

PPIA is encouraged by the CDC report that the teenage birthrate decreased during '07-'08, after two consecutive years of increases. However, this does not mean our work is done.

The fact is that nearly 750,000 teens still become pregnant every year. How can we work together to lower this statistic? Promote education.

Teens need the support and knowledge that comes from comprehensive, medically accurate, age-appropriate sex education. Studies show that comprehensive sex education programs are effective in lowering the unintended pregnancy rate in teens.

President Obama and many members of Congress agree and support our efforts to include comprehensive sex ed with educational curriculum. They allocated more than $185 million in evidence-based, medically accurate teen pregnancy prevention programs.

As we commemorate National STD Awareness Month during the month of April, we encourage all young adults to GYT: Get Yourself Tested. Investment in teen pregnancy prevention is an investment in STD prevention. It's that simple.

Want more medically accurate information about birth control, sex, and STDs? Check out the Planned Parenthood website.

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