UK Government to think again over teen pregnancies

UK Evening Standard 22 Feb 07
Labour will conduct a major review of its sex education policy after official figures showed England and Wales have the highest rates of teenage pregnancies in Europe. Worryingly, the biggest increase in the latest statistics came among younger girls. The 7,917 pregnancies recorded among girls under 16 reversed several years of falling underage conception rates.The bleak figures mean the Government is less than a quarter of the way to meeting its promise to halve pregnancy rates among under-18s in England by 2010. In response, Children’s Minister Beverley Hughes disclosed that a ‘major review’ of Labour’s ?138million teenage pregnancy strategy has begun.

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