Over the last 25-years, teen pregnancies have dropped overall, but nationally the rate is declining at a faster rate than in Oklahoma. This has kept Oklahoma near the top of the list.
Oklahoma is ranked second in the nation — behind Arkansas and ahead of Mississippi, according to the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.
“I think teen pregnancy will always be a issue … because we do not have a comprehensive health education system,” said Paul Patrick, administrative program manager for Maternal and Child Care Services at the state Health Department.
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