Sunday February 3, 2013

NEW YORK (AP) -- Teen pregnancies among New York public high school students have dropped by 27 percent over a decade.

The dip in pregnancies is reflected in new data released by the city Health Department on Sunday.

Among 1,000 girls ages 15 to 19, 73 became pregnant in 2010, the latest year for which figures were released. That's down from about 99 girls getting pregnant per 1,000 in 2001.

The department said the decline was larger among younger teen girls than among the older teen girls.

In the same decade, fewer high school students reported ever having sex. In 2001, 51 percent said they had, and in 2011 it was 38 percent.

The department said there are over 19,000 teen pregnancies in 2010, and 87 percent of those are unintended.


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