Teen pregnancy rates have dropped by 15 percent in Georgia. That’s according to the National Center for Health.
The report released shows Georgia is 1 of 10 states with the biggest declines. Michele Ozumba heads the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention. She says teenagers are more informed.
“I think we have to give credit to the young people who are making better decisions, by delaying having sex, by avoiding getting pregnant, and for those who are sexually active, choosing to use contraceptives.”
Along with prevention programs, Bill Albert, program officer at the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, credits parental involvement and media efforts as contributors to the drops.
The biggest drop in teen pregnancy was amongst minority groups. Nationwide teen pregnancy dropped by 9 percent.
Ozumba says she that in addition to individual programs, she wants to see more support for pregnancy prevention.
“We would like to see that we can change the cultural norms in state, where providing young people with good quality sexual health education—it’s just a normal thing that we do.”