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Commission Chairman issues pregnancy proclamation

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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Dougherty County has one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the state, and leaders are trying to change that.

Monday, County Commission chairman Jeff Sinyard proclaimed Wednesday May 6th "Prevent Teen Pregnancy Day" in the county.

Ausha Jackson knows how difficult being a teen mom can be. She was only 15 when her son was born. She struggled to finish high school. Now, at 25, she's part of a teen pregnancy prevention coalition to reach out to others so they know they have options.

"I think that sometimes we go through things to be able to reach back and help someone else by being able to say, 'Hey I've been where you've been. I've struggled through the same struggles and I can tell you personally, if I can do it, you can do it too,'" said Young Mother Ausha Jackson. 

"I think that will mean a lot to a teen parent or those who are considering having sex and can tell them to wait because you don't want to make the same mistakes that I did."

Jackson not only finished high school, she received her bachelors degree and is about to finish her master's degree.

The teen pregnancy prevention coalition is meeting for a community luncheon this Wednesday at May 6th at the Candy Room on Pine Avenue.

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