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Plunge in teen pregnancies to record low in Singapore last year

More sexually active teens are using contraception, say social workers

Published on Jul 13, 2014 9:04 AM
 
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The number of teenage girls who gave birth plunged to a record low last year, and it is not because fewer youngsters are having sex.

In fact, the opposite is true, said social workers. What has changed, they said, is that more sexually active teens are using contraception.

Recent court cases involving men and youths being dealt with for having sex with underage girls also hit home, and taught boys to use condoms to avoid making their girlfriends pregnant and getting found out by parents.

There were 487 babies born to girls aged 19 and below last year - a third fewer than the 731 babies born in 2003 and the lowest number in at least the past 25 years.

 
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