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Fall in Cornish teenage pregnancy rates

By WBEsme  |  Posted: January 11, 2014

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Latest figures show that fewer teenage girls living in Cornwall are falling pregnant.

Data from the Office of National Statistics shows that just over two in every 100 pregnant women are under 18 in the county, well below the national average.

Teenage pregnancy fell by seven per cent in 2012 and is now at its lowest rate since records began in 1999.

The figures are thought to reflect the increased education around contraception, pregnancy and related topics.

Lex Gainsbury, Cornwall’s teenage pregnancy and sexual health co-ordinator, said: “We have incredible partnership and commitment in Cornwall dedicated to ensuring every young person has the skills and knowledge to make positive informed choices about their future as well as the contraceptive and service access to support this.

“It is fantastic that the hard work of so many people across various agencies is being reflected in our results and I hope we continue to build upon this success.”

Cornwall Council has pledged its ongoing commitment to further reduce teenage pregnancy rates and to support young parents in all aspects of family life.

Andrew Wallis, Cornwall Council’s cabinet member for children and young people, said: “These excellent results show how targeted work with the right advice and information does have a positive impact on our young people.”

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