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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

North Carolina Teen Pregnancies Decrease: More Abortions

Teen Pregnancy Rates In North Carolina Reach A Record Low

North Carolina's rate of teenage pregnancy is at a record low, but researchers remain concerned about racial disparities.

The Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Campaign of North Carolina said Monday that 56 of every 1,000 girls aged 15 to 19 became pregnant in 2009.

That's down from the 2008 rate of more than 58 per 1,000 girls, and the lowest rate ever recorded.

The group's analysis was based on new data released by the state Department of Health and Human Services.

Pregnancy and Abortion rates for teenagers in North Carolina have been falling since 1991.

But concerns remain. Nonwhite teenagers are much likelier to become pregnant than whites. Rates are also higher in rural counties than in urban areas.

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Sources: CBS News, NY Daily News, Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Campaign of North Carolina, WCNC, Google Maps

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