The National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy will be observed on Wednesday. The purpose of the day is to focus the attention of teens on the importance of avoiding too-early pregnancy and parenthood through an interactive online quiz.
On the National Day, teens nationwide are asked to go http://www.StayTeen.org and take the National Day Quiz, which challenges them to think carefully about what they might do “in the moment” though a series of interactive scenarios. The extraordinary declines in teen pregnancy and childbearing over the past two decades prove that progress can be made on tough issues. In fact, few social problems have improved quite as dramatically over the past 20 years as teen pregnancy.
“Despite the amazing progress, it is still the case that nearly three in 10 girls get pregnant by age 20 and that the United States still has the highest teen pregnancy rate among comparable countries,” said Michelle Pitcher, Health Connection manager at Pace Community Action Agency.
Since the early 1990s, teen pregnancy and birth rates in the United State have declined by 44 percent and 52 percent respectively and are now at record low levels. The teen birth rate declined by an additional six percent in 2012 alone and is at historic lows for all age groups and all ethnic and racial groups.
For more information contact Pace at 812-882-6069.