Report: Younger teens account for 1 in 4 teen births, equal to 31 percent in the Bronx

The city says the young teen birth rate The city says the young teen birth rate is down 49 percent in the borough since 2000. Photo Credit:

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THE BRONX - Younger teens account for a quarter of all teenage pregnancies, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control. 

One in every four teen births are girls between 15 and 17 years old, which translates to about 31 percent in the Bronx. However, the city’s Health Department says that number has decreased in the borough by 49 percent since 2000. 

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Doctors say the statistics show that more work needs to be done in pregnancy prevention for the 15 to 17-year-old age group. They encourage parents to take a major role by talking to their kids. 

Young people in New York State can also get sex health care without parental consent. This includes access to oral contraceptives and the IUD. 

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