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County Commission focuses on teen pregnancy

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  Dougherty County's teen pregnancy rate is much higher than the rest of the state, and leaders are hoping to draw awareness to the issue and prevent it in the future.

More than 18,000 teenagers give birth in Georgia every year. Our state has the 10th highest teen birth rate in the county at 54.8 per 1,000. Dougherty County's rate is much higher, at 75.5 per 1,000.

Monday, Dougherty County Commission Chairman Jeff Sinyard proclaimed May 5th as the Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy in Dougherty County.

People who work with young mothers say child poverty, educational success and workforce readiness are all impacted by teenage pregnancy.

"Helping people understand there are life choices and decision making skills that are very important each and everyday to help them to have the strengths and have the knowledge to work with the people who love them, to be better educated about how to prevent teen pregnancy," said Angie Barber of the Phoebe Network of Trust.

Teen childbearing costs Georgia taxpayers several hundred million dollars each year.

 

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