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DC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy
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From Kiara Pesante:

Today, October 11, 2011 at noon, Councilmember Mary M. Cheh and colleagues will join the DC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy on the steps of the John A. Wilson Building for a press conference to highlight the continuing challenges the District of Columbia faces with teen pregnancy and its effect on the economic well being of our residents and the city at large.

 

“Teen pregnancy can have a devastating effect on the mother, the child and the entire community,” said Councilmember Cheh. “Statistics show that 76 percent of the children placed in foster care were born to teen parents, and sons of teen mothers are three times more likely to enter the criminal justice system. My office has been meeting with a variety of community leaders, youth advocates and physicians on ways to increase the level of, and accessibility to, accurate sexual and reproductive health information for our youth who need it most.”

 

Due to the work of groups like the DC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, the District of Columbia has recently seen a reduction in the rates of pregnancies for teenage women aged 15-19 years old; however, rates in the District far exceed the national average. Statistics provided by the Guttmacher Institute, which monitors reproductive health issues nationwide, indicate that the teenage pregnancy rate in the District is 67 in every 1000, versus 51 in every 1000 across the U.S. as a whole.

 

This event is open to the public and all media.

 

For more information, visit www.marycheh.com or http://www.dccampaign.org.

 

Health, Politics