“Mission accomplished on teen pregnancy”? Not yet. More school-based health centers could help.

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The dramatic decline in teen pregnancy in recent years is a cause for celebration. The fall is largely thanks to the improved use of contraceptives, especially the increased use of the most effective methods. But it is too early to declare mission accomplished. Among sexually active women, those aged 15 to 19 still have the highest rates of unintended pregnancy. Rates are particularly high among minority and low-income women, many of whom still lack adequate access to family planning services.


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