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US, State Teen Pregnancy Rates Trend Down, Remain High

Teen pregnancy rates have dropped steadily and sharply across the U.S. over the past two decades, and Arizona has followed that trend.

However, with thousands of teens getting pregnant each year, there’s still a long way to go, said Stephen Russell, interim director of the Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences at the University of Arizona.

“We think the rates (have gone) down and that’s good news," he said. "But they’re still dramatically higher than France, Germany, Switzerland.”

Russell attributed the drop in pregnancy rates to increased awareness among teenagers about the risks of having sex.

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