Milwaukee Teen Birth Rate Drops 50% in 7 years

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Milwaukee officials say the city's teen birthrate has been cut in half in the past seven years thanks to aggressive teen pregnancy prevention efforts.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports the city had less than 26 births per 1,000 girls ages 15 to 17 last year, compared to 52 births seven years earlier.

City officials credit the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative, a campaign that used sometimes shocking ads to show how teen pregnancy can harm girls and boys. The campaign ran at the same time schools introduced a new sex education curriculum that teaches abstinence and correct use of contraceptives.

Mayor Tom Barrett said Wednesday that the decrease is good news, but it doesn't mean the fight is over. He says there are still too many teens having babies.

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