Teen Pregnancy Rate is on the Decline Nationwide

by Ramonica R. Jones The teen pregnancy rate is dropping nationwide, but it remains a big issue in East Texas. Data from Planned Parenthood shows 94 girls in Angelina County between the ages of 13 and 17 got pregnant in 2003. There were 63 teen pregnancies in Nacogdoches County that same year. Planned Parenthood and the Pregnancy Help Center of Lufkin work to educate women of all ages about pregnancy prevention, abstinence, and sexually transmitted diseases and infections. Local healthcare workers believe the teen pregnancy rate has dropped nationwide because more teens are using contraception and waiting to have sex.   The Pregnancy Help Center in Lufkin had more than 1,300 appointments last year with young women. That's an increase of more than 350 clients from the previous year. Almost a hundred of those appointments were with teenage girls between the ages of 15 and 19. More than 160 of those were women barely out of their teenage years.