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Clark Co. Ranks No. 2 in Ohio for Teen Pregnancies

CLARK COUNTY -- Clark County has the second highest teen pregnancy rate in the state. The numbers are alarming, ranking well above the state and national average.

Teen pregnancy has been an ongoing problem in Clark County for the last 10 years.

"I'm not real surprised, I see a lot of teenage pregnancies, I get help from the Women's Center with my two young boys. I'm 23 but every time I go in there, I see a lot of pregnant teens," said Samantha Morrow.

In 2012, the teen birth rate in Clark County among girls ages 15 to 19 was 42 per 1,000 births. That number is down from 53.4 per 1,000 births in 2010.  According to officials at Planned Parenthood, Clark County's rate is about 30 percent higher than Ohio's average.

Clark County Health Commissioner, Charles Patterson says they are working to bring that number down by working with other community agencies like Planned Parenthood, the Pregnancy Resource Center, the Community Health Foundation and Springfield City Schools.

"Those groups are coming together to offer an enhanced reproductive health curriculum within the Springfield City School districts and initially we had it only at the high school level but we've been able to move that into the junior high," said Charles Patterson, Clark County Health Commissioner.

We checked in with Clark County health officials to see why the rates are so high in the county.

"We have a generational issue in Clark County, a lot of these teen moms are the daughters of teen mothers themselves so it's something as a community we need to look at intervening a lot sooner with these young women," said Crystal Justice with Planned Parenthood, Southwest Ohio.

Results from a youth risk behavior survey revealed another alarming contributing factor.

"Very few of them reported using birth control pills and so that leaves us to believe that they're using less dependable forms of contraception if any contraception at all," said Justice.

"They're just not educated like they should be about what they need to know to protect themselves to stay safe," said Morrow.

Health officials say parents can help by starting the conversation of sex in the home.

"You have to begin to talk about it and the earlier you begin to talk about it with your youth the easier it is when you get to some critical decisions," said Patterson.

Planned Parenthood offer condoms and affordable birth control at any of their locations. 

 
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