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Young teen pregnancy at 60-year low

Posted - Nov. 15, 2004 at 5:20 p.m.



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WASHINGTON, Nov 15, 2004 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- Early teen and pre-teen pregnancy in the United States has dropped to its lowest levels in nearly 60 years.

"Births to 10 to 14 Year-Old Mothers, 1990-2002: Trends and Health Outcomes," a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, found that between 1990 and 2002 almost 137,000 mothers in the age group delivered live births. The annual figure has declined steadily from a peak of 12,901 in 1994 to the current low of 7,315.

"We are encouraged by our continued progress in reducing births to teens of all ages, but we're particularly pleased to make this kind of progress in such a young and vulnerable group," said CDC Director Dr. Julie Gerberding.

Copyright 2004 by United Press International.

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