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Teen pregnancy numbers at historic low, local numbers follow trend


New numbers just released show teen pregnancy rates reached new lows in 2012.

According to the Center for Disease Control, teen births are down by half since 1991.

It's the lowest teen birthrate since 1940 when the government first started collecting the data.

Beverly Simmons with Quincy's Family Planning says Adams county has been following the same downward trend, as there were only 101 teen births last year. That's down from 153 in 2007.

"We want those numbers to continue to decrease. Even one unplanned pregnancy for a teen is detrimental. But what we see is the education is huge because they have access to the birth control methods, and education providing them with information that they're able to make that decision," said Beverly Simmons, R. N. and Executive Director for Family Planning in Quincy.

WGEM also caught up with one Quincy mom who had her first child during her adolescent years and says she's happy to hear teen pregnancy numbers are going down.

"I was a young mother myself, and while I don't regret having her by any means, it did change my path in life and the things that I did, which I find is a blessing but I don't encourage young girls to do that right away," said Jamie ONeal.

Beginning in January, a new Illinois law will require Public school districts that provide sex ed to update their curriculum to include comprehensive information about preventing pregnancy and STDs.


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