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Planned Parenthood Statement on New CDC Report Showing Drop in Teen Birthrate
Statement by Leslie Kantor, National Director of Education Initiatives, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, on New CDC Report Showing Drop in Teen Birthrate
“The drop in the teen birthrate to an all time low is extremely positive news, but with nearly 750,000 teens becoming pregnant each year, more work remains to be done.
“We know that investing in sex education programs that teach young people how to be healthy and safe is the best way to further reduce the number of teen pregnancies in this country. That’s why we must continue to support and fund sex education programs.
“Sex educators like those at Planned Parenthood are poised to make tremendous progress in reducing teen pregnancy, because for the first time in American history the federal government has ensured that funds will be used primarily by states and community organizations that provide evidence-based sex education to reduce teen pregnancy. The Obama administration’s allocation of $155 million for evidence-based sex education represents a true turning point in the history of sex education in the United States.
“Planned Parenthood is the single largest provider of sex education in communities across the United States. In addition, every year, Planned Parenthood physicians and nurses see 575,000 teenagers who come to our health centers, and millions of American teenagers seek medically accurate information on Planned Parenthood’s website, http://www.plannedparenthood.org/.”
Planned Parenthood is the nation’s leading sexual and reproductive health care provider and advocate. We believe that everyone has the right to choose when or whether to have a child, and that every child should be wanted and loved. Planned Parenthood affiliates operate more than 825 health centers nationwide, providing medical services and sexuality education for millions of women, men, and teenagers each year. We also work with allies worldwide to ensure that all women and men have the right and the means to meet their sexual and reproductive health care needs.