New figures from the Centers for Disease Control &
Prevention show teen birth rates in Arizona
and around the country have dropped to historic lows.
They’re down nearly 40
percent since 2001 in Arizona, but still among
the highest in the United
States. The National Campaign to Prevent
Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy finds more teens delaying sex and more using
Paula Gianino of Planned Parenthood says the trend does not
apply in all areas though.
“We see in both rural and urban areas of low socio-economic
status, a high rate of teen pregnancy and teen childbirth,” Gianino said.
She says the majority of Arizona teens graduate without receiving any
sexual-health education. Schools in the state are not required to teach sex
education, but if they do, are required to teach abstinence as the only
completely effective protection against unplanned pregnancy and sexually