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Teenage pregnancy rates rise nationally; but, locally?

ROCHESTER, MN (FOX 47) -- Teen pregnancy seems to be a much-discussed topic as of late, especially with the announcement that the daughter of Republican VP candidate, Sarah Palin, is pregnant. More so, away from the political spectrum, a new national report shows teen pregnancy is on the rise after a 15-year decline.

In 2005, the number of births for girls aged 15 to 17 was about 133,000.

That number rose to nearly 139,000 in 2006.

Locally, the Olmsted County Health Department says pregnancy and birth rate rates among teenage girls have declined slightly in recent years. The chart below summarizes the findings.

Pregnancy Rates Birth Rates
2001 - 2003: 2001 - 2003:
Olmsted County: 36.2 Olmsted County: 25.1
Minnesota: 38.3 Minnesota: 27.2
2004 - 2006: 2004 - 2006:
Olmsted County: 35.1 Olmsted County: 25.3
Minnesota: 37.6 Minnesota: 26.9


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