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The Source: Historic Lows For Teen Pregnancy

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The pregnancy rate for teen birth rate just hit a historic low - again. Down nine percent in one year and more than 40 percent in seven, the decline affects every state in the union. Teen abortions have also declined. Teen mothers often are unable to complete educational goals, and are more likely to end up in sustained poverty. In addition to that the cost of unintended pregnancy is very high.

What is behind these massive drops? 

Guests:

  • William Galston, former policy advisor to President Bill Clinton, current senior fellow of Governance Studies at Brookings.
  • Dr. Larry Wolk, executive director and chief medical officer of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
  • Ginny Ehrlich, CEO of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy
Paul Flahive can be reached at Paul@tpr.org and on Twitter at @paulflahive