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07/20/07 - East Texas

Fewer Black Girls are Getting Pregnant

by Ramonica R. Jones

Studies show the pregnancy rate among black teen girls is declining faster than the national teen pregnancy rate, but the number of black girls between the ages of 13 and 17 that are getting pregnant is still alarmingly high, especially in East Texas.

Area health care advocates said there are several factors contributing to the steady drop in numbers, including abstinence, the use of birth control and the availability of pregnancy prevention information.

Planned Parenthood spokesperson, Michelle Green, said, "Texas ranks fifth in the United States with the number of high pregnancy rates and that number is simply alarming. That is why we need to join together as a community and as parents, and we need to provide comprehensive sex education to give teens the tools they need."

Data from Planned Parenthood showed 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. In 2004, there was a total of 139 teen pregnancies in both counties.

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