Saturday 21 October 2017

Fall in pregnant teens in Ireland

, -- Deirdre Reynolds

Teen pregnancy in Ireland has fallen by 35% in the last decade -- from 3,087 in 2001 to 2,019 last year.

Meanwhile, the age of teen mums is on the rise -- with just seven girls under 15 giving birth in 2005, compared to 10 in 2000 and 13 in 1980.

Today, the majority of teen mums are aged 18-19 according to the CSO.

Ireland's teenage fertility rate has changed little in the last four decades -- teetering at around the 16% mark.

A survey by the Crisis Pregnancy Agency found that 92% of Irish adults agree with sex education for young people on sexual intercourse, sexual feelings, contraception and homosexuality.

Irish Independent

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