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Teen pregnancies drop to 13-year low: report

Globe and Mail
Saturday, October 21, 2000

Teenage pregnancies fell to a 10-year low in 1997, Statistics Canada reported yesterday. But critics said the new numbers were no cause for celebration.

The rate has dropped only to where it was 13 years ago and the government has no national policies on reducing teen pregnancies, said Bonnie Johnson, executive director of the Planned Parenthood Federation of Canada.

Statistics Canada reported that in 1997 there were 42.7 pregnancies for every 1,000 women aged 15 to 19. The rate a decade earlier was 41.1.

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