Rise in US teen pregnancies and births is “deeply troubling”

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 02 February 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c638
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. 1New York

    After a decade of decline, rates of pregnancy, birth, and abortion among US women aged 15 to 19 years rose in 2006, the most recent year for which data are available.

    The figures are given in a report from the independent Guttmacher Institute in New York, which used data from the US National Center for Health Statistics, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Census Bureau, and its own data on abortions.

    The institute attributed the rise in pregnancies, births, and abortions to the “abstinence only” sex education policy promoted by the administration of George …

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