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Alabama teen pregnancy rate at an all time low

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Alabama birth rates are at an all time low (Source: MGNOnline) Alabama birth rates are at an all time low (Source: MGNOnline)
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HUNSTVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

The Alabama Department of Public Health says birthrates for teenage girls are at an all time low.

Officials say last year the state recorded 9.3 percent birth rate for teens, with a record low of 2.6 percent for teens less than 18 years old.

While the numbers are promising and advocates remain hopeful that education measures are working they say we can't count out other forms of birth control, such as the Plan B Pill, as potential factors into the lower records.

Beth Grisham, Executive Director of the Shoals Women's Clinic said:

“I think we'd be foolish to think there's not an impact being made by the fact that there are other abortion alternatives that are now available over the counter that are readily available now. Many times a pregnancy that we might would've counted or seen at one time is no longer accounted for”

To Learn more about the Shoals Women's Clinic, you can visit http://www.shoalswomensclinic.com/

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