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California’s Teen Birth Rate Falls Again

Aired 7/17/13 on KPBS News.

California's teen birth rate continues its downward trend.

California's teen birth rate continues to fall. New state figures reveal the rate has declined by 60 percent since 1991.

State officials say California's rate now stands at 28 births for every 1000 teens.

The declines have been seen across all ethnic groups. Hispanic teens in California continue to have the highest teen birth rate. Still, that rate has fallen by 42 percent over the last decade.

Amy Denhart, Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest interim vice president for marketing and communication, said the numbers are going in the right direction.

"I think more teens across the board are getting education and getting better information," Denhart said. "And so, they know a bit more about their bodies and sexuality, and that they have more access to care."

The teen birth rate has fallen nationwide over the last few years, as well. Federal health officials say more sexually active teens may be using birth control.

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