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Pregnancy rates fall in under-18s

22nd February 2011

Data from the Office for National Statistics has revealed that the number of girls aged under 18 becoming pregnant have fallen to the lowest rates since the early 1980s.


The rate of conceptions for girls aged under 18 in 2009 decreased by almost 6% in comparison to 2008.

The data released by the ONS is an estimate for 2009.

The figures showed that the rate of pregnancies in girls aged under 18 decreased to 38.3 per 1,000 women aged 15-17 in 2009.

The number of pregnancies in those under 18 was 38,259, in comparison to 41,361 in 2008. Almost half of the pregnancies were terminated.

The Children's Minister Sarah Teather said that she was happy about the drop in the number of teenage pregnancies but added that there was work to be done.

"Teenage parents and their children are more likely to suffer from poor health, unemployment and poor achievement at school than their peers. There remains a huge variation in the progress that has been made in reducing teenage pregnancy rates across the country"

She explained: "Some local authorities have seen their rates decline by up to 45% while others have struggled. It is important, therefore, that local areas learn from each other and share what has worked, so that they invest in the things that will really make a difference."


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Article Information

Title: Pregnancy rates fall in under-18s
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 17651
Date Added: 22nd Feb 2011


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