May 1, 2006
“Preventing teenage pregnancy is critical to helping Georgians live safe, healthy, and self-reliant lives,” said Dr. Stuart Brown, director of the Division of Public Health. “Teen pregnancy and out-of-wedlock parenting are linked to dropping out of school, poverty, welfare dependency, and other risks, so this decrease is good news. It shows that the prevention programs and education conducted through the Division of Public Health and our partners are working.”
Although progress is being made in reducing teenage pregnancy rates in
Births to 10 to14-year-olds make up two percent of all teen births and have been declining. Despite this good news, pregnancy in this age group is a serious public health concern. In 2004, 538 girls ages 10 to14 became pregnant and 315 gave birth.
“We know that high-risk behaviors among young people have been reduced through programs offered to Georgia youth which promote abstinence-based education plus healthy lifestyles and choices, and build on the assets or strengths of individual youth, their families, and communities,” added Brown. “Using this combined approach, both during Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month this May and continuing throughout the year, we will continue to focus our efforts in partnership with state and local agencies and community partners to support this positive trend of reducing the numbers of teen pregnancies. These programs also provide youth with access to screening for health problems and links to other community resources.”
More information about Births to Teenagers in Georgia is available at http://dhr.georgia.gov (click About Us, Fact sheet index). For more information about
For information, contact:
Lee Tanenbaum 404-657- 6637