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New data shows teen pregnancies down in Spokane

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Breakdown of the percentage of teen pregnancy in the neighborhoods of Spokane Breakdown of the percentage of teen pregnancy in the neighborhoods of Spokane
SPOKANE, Wash. -

According to the Spokane Regional Health District teen pregnancy is down in Spokane and over the past ten years, it's by a pretty big number. Ten years ago, Spokane's teens were pregnant at a rate of 51.6 per thousand. In 2013, that rate dropped in half to just 26.68 per thousand.

Nationally teen pregnancies are down as well, from 39.7% in 2005 to 29.4% in 2012. A a nurse at Spokane Regional Health, Elaine Conley, says that the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's best guess is that more teens are waiting to have sex.

Also playing in the mix, Conley says, is the fact that more funding over the past ten years has gone to helping fight teen pregnancy. She says there have been a couple different programs here in Spokane that have helped fight teen pregnancy. "We really want to get upstream with our approach and not wait until a teen is pregnant and deal with it," Conley said.

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