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US and UK are top in teenage pregnancy rates

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 08 June 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:1354
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. London

    More teenage girls in the United States and United Kingdom become pregnant than anywhere else in the developed world, because they are poorly prepared for life in a modern and sexualised society, says a report out this week.

    The United States has topped a table of teenage pregnancy rates put together by Unicef's Innocenti Research Centre in Italy, which looked at births among teenagers in 28 of the world's wealthiest nations.

    Altogether, 52 out of every 1000 girls aged between 15 and …

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