The Minnesota Department of Health on Tuesday reported historic or near-historic lows for
teen pregnancies, teen births and teen abortions, but has also reported survey information showing high school students are more sexually active than they were five years ago.
Increased access to birth control, particularly birth control pills for young women, might explain why abortions are down but sex is up. Credit is also being given to the increase of "comprehensive" sex ed programs in schools, which teach about birth control and abstinence, but also show teens how unprotected sex could disrupt their life goals.
Recent state data on teen behavior from the 2010 Minnesota Student Survey reports that half of high school seniors have had sexual intercourse -- 46 percent had reported they were sexually active in 2004. In 2010, of those who hadn't had sexual intercourse, 25 percent of 12th-grade girls and 17 percent of 12th-grade boys said sexual education in school had influenced their decision to wait until they're older.
In total, the state abortion report says that the number of abortions in Minnesota dropped from 11,071 to 10,701 -- the number has dropped every year since 2006. In 1,229 instances, the individual having an abortion was under 19.
Judith Kahn, executive director at Teenwise Minnesota, will address these statistics as well as tips for parents to talk to their kids about sex on FOX @ 9.
ABORTIONS PER YEAR IN MINNESOTA
PREVIOUSLY INDUCED ABORTIONS
Of the 10,701, over half had never had another abortion.
More than two: 746
Not reported: 13
In 5,496 instances, the woman who had an abortion had used contraceptives in the past, but not at the time of conception. In 3,677 instances, the woman reportedly had used contraceptives at the time of conception.
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