SC teen birth rates drop to lowest level ever - FOX Carolina 21

SC teen birth rates drop to lowest level ever

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Pregnant women walk down a Greenville street. (File/FOX Carolina) Pregnant women walk down a Greenville street. (File/FOX Carolina)
COLUMBIA, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Teenage birth rates in South Carolina dropped to the lowest level ever in 2012, according to the SC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy.

According to the group, birth rates for girls between 15 and 19 years old dropped 8 percent last year.

Experts cited more teens choosing abstinence and contraceptives, more exposure of the issue of teen pregnancy, better sex education in schools and targeted efforts to 18- to 19-year-olds as reasons for the drop in birth rates.

Despite the drop, Campaign CEO Forrest Alton said South Carolina still ranks 11th highest in the U.S. for teen births.

"We cannot become complacent and think we have the problem solved," said Campaign CEO Forrest Alton. "There is clearly plenty of work left to be done."

Alton said everyone in the state should play a role in prevention.

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