Teen Births in California and Abstinence-Only Education

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During the 1990's, California-s teen-pregnancy rates dropped by 40 percent. In Berkeley, where the rate dropped 45 percent, there is teenage access to condoms, HIV testing and birth control pills. The Bush Administration is offering big money to states that try to reduce teen pregnancy by teaching abstinence only. For years, California has refused such federal monies and, thus far, Governor Schwarzenegger is not involved in any discussions. But California-s Department of Health Services--which is short of money--reportedly is considering a change. Is there a better way? We get two views, from the presidents of Planned Parenthood Los Angeles and Abstinence Clearinghouse.
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