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First time national funding for a national campaign to prevent teen and unplanned pregnancies

POSTED: Tuesday, October 12, 2010 - 1:23pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:53am

Waco--There is a National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy that is nationally funded for schools, and health districts for the first time. In the past, funded programs on sex education in schools has been solely focused on abstinence. With numbers continuing to rise in teen and unplanned pregnancies, a different approach is being taken.

Dr. Janet Realini, with Healthy Futures of Texas says the funding is going towards evidence based programs that show how teaching teens to practice safe sex rather than only teaching abstinence, can help reduce teen and unwanted pregnancies across the nation.

Abby Mueller, a counselor at Family Counseling and Children Services in Waco says, while she believes abstinence is the key, she says this national campaign could be helpful with safe sex awareness, hopefully reducing the number of teen and unplanned pregnancies.

Officials from the Brazos Area Health and Education Center in Waco denied any response on the issue.

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