A new study has shown that teen pregnancy rates in California are at an all time low. State officials are claiming that this is caused by the sex education, family planning programs and reproductive health services available to those who live in the state.
The study shows that approximately 35 babies were born in 2008 for every 1,000 female teenagers in California, which is two fewer babies than the rates in 2007.
Laurie Weaver, the Chief of the departments Office of Family Planning, spoke to the LA Times, saying: “We believe the only 100 percent effective way to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease is through abstinence. But we do believe it is important to teach teens that if they choose to be sexually active, that they should be fully informed of contraceptives and have access to services.”
Apart from California, teen pregnancy rates have been increasing across the nation.