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Federal grant to prevent teen pregnancies

The City of Rochester is getting a $1.4 million federal grant to prevent teenage pregnancies.

The grant comes from the Department of Health & Human Services for the Teenage Pregnancy Prevention Program.

The program offers an array of services that deal with sex education , making responsible choices and healthy living.

Nationwide, teen pregnancies declined by 51 percent and abortions by 66 percent from 1990 until 2010.

In the Rochester area, births among teens aged 15-19 plummeted by 40 percent from 2008 to 2012.

Congresswoman Louise M. Slaughter said the drop is due to a combination of better sex education and increased access to contraception and family planning.

"I have always believed that a planned family is a healthy family, and these programs are so important because they give our adolescents the knowledge and ability to make the healthy, responsible choice to delay starting a family until they are ready," said Slaughter.

The Teenage Pregnancy Prevention Program reaches 170,000 youths each year in 32 states plus D.C.

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Washington Times