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Census shows decline in teen pregnancies in Spokane

As teen pregnancies decline nationally, new data suggests the dip may be even steeper in Spokane. While this is encouraging to local school and health officials, there seems to be little consensus as to what is causing the drop.

Study shows rhythm method gaining popularity with teens

ATLANTA – A growing number of teen girls say they use the rhythm method for birth control, and more teens also think it’s OK for an unmarried female to have a baby, according to a government survey released Wednesday. The report may help explain why the teen pregnancy rate is no longer dropping like it was.

Smart Bombs: Taking the pledge

The teen birth rate is up slightly for the second year in a row, which reverses a 14-year decline. This has triggered the usual arguments over abstinence-only sex education vs. the more comprehensive version it replaced. The thinking with abstinence-only is this: Tell teens about sex and they’ll have sex. Tell them about contraceptives and they’ll have even more sex. So have them sign a pledge to abstain.

Teen birth rates on the rise

WASHINGTON – U.S. teen birth rates rose sharply in 2006, according to figures released Wednesday by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ending a 14-year decline. While U.S. teen birth rates remained the highest in the industrialized world, the long decline had amounted to a 45 percent reduction since 1991.