Local Teen Pregnancy Prevention program receives $1.4-million grant

Created: 08/22/2014 2:57 PM WHEC.com

The City of Rochester’s Teen Pregnancy Prevention program has received a $1.4-million federal grant. The program works to make sure medically accurate, age-appropriate programs are available at the local level in an effort to prevent teen pregnancy.

Congresswoman Louise Slaughter said, "Teen pregnancy has declined dramatically 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."

Slaughter says in the Rochester area, births among teens between the ages of 15 and 19 have dropped 40-percent from 2008 to 2012.

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