Report: SC teen birth rates decline for third straight year

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - A report from the state Department of Health and Environmental Control says the teen birth rates have declined for the third year in a row and hit an all-time low.

The report says the teen birth rate for 15-19 year olds has hit 42.6 per 1,000, a 13 percent decline from 2009 to 2010.

"That's the largest single decrease we've in the last 10 to 15 years and, in fact, teen birth rates have decreased three consecutive years in a row," said Forrest Alton, CEO of Teen Pregnancy SC.

Overall, the rate has declined 26 percent over the last decade.

DHEC says a culture of openness from media exposure and discussion about the issue among parents and teens is one of the reasons behind the decline.

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