Startling numbers convey critical need to reduce teen pregnancy

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by KENS 5 Staff

kens5.com

Posted on November 29, 2011 at 6:49 PM

Mayor Julian Castro is taking a stand to reduce teen pregnancy.

The mayor  tackled the subject at a Tuesday lunch benefiting Health Futures of Texas, a program on a mission to reduce teenage and unplanned pregnancy in San Antonio and across Texas.

Castro and other dignitaries addressed why this issue is critically important to the community:

  • One in two Hispanics girls in the U.S. will get pregnant as a teenager.
  • The 3,854 babies born to Bexar teens in 2008 will fill 175 kindergarten classes in 2013.
  • Children of teen mothers are more likely to be born prematurely and at low birth weight.
  • Parenthood is the most common reason that girls drop out of high school.
  • Reducing teenage pregnancy is a battle we can win.
     

For more information call 210-223-4589.

 

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