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Teen Pregnancy Rates Down in Lane County

5-6 teen pregnancy picEUGENE, Ore. — Preliminary numbers show teen pregnancy rates are down in Lane County.

The numbers show in almost 15 years teen pregnancy rates for 10 to 17 year-olds in Lane County have gone down by about a third.

The Oregon Health Authority reports there were 100 teen pregnancies in Lane County in 2013, compared to 305 in 1998.

It measures teen abortions on a three-year scale.

From 2010 to 2012 there were 343 teen abortions or an average of 114 teen abortions a year.

Leaders with the Lane County’s Maternal and Child Health program can’t comment on the numbers, but say there are a lot of resources to help teens.

“Sometimes I feel like there’s a lot of community education not only coming from us but coming from the schools, from parents from even peers to help influence decisions,” said community health nurse, Ann Elliott.

Planned Parenthood didn’t want to speculate on the numbers but says there’s been more access to contraceptives in the last five to 10 years.

Of the 343 teen abortions in Lane County during that three-year period, about 50 had a previous abortion.

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