Teen births down in Mississippi, other US states

August 20, 2014 4:48 PM

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Teen births down in Mississippi, other US states

Republican Gov. Phil Bryant has said for years that one of his top goals is reducing Mississippi's teenage pregnancy rate, long one of the highest in the nation. Now, he says his administration deserves credit for chipping away at the problem.

"Our fight to reduce teen pregnancy is ... vital to our success as a state, and preliminary figures from the Mississippi Department of Health show teen pregnancy has fallen more than 15 percent from 2011 to 2013," Bryant said July 31 in a speech at the Neshoba County Fair.

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