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October 19, 2013From the Statesville Record and Landmark – Teen pregnancy rates have declined steadily for the last four years in Iredell County, a trend being attributed to a change in a state law and several programs that are present in the schools.

In 2008, there were 318 pregnancies in the county in the 15-to-19-year-old demographic.

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June 3, 2013 – From The Public Discourse – Abstinence education has long been attacked from the left with a creative array of misinformation. Perhaps the most common attack against abstinence education is that it “doesn’t work.” Another top contender is the claim that abstinence education is a thinly veiled program aimed at indoctrinating unsuspecting American children in a biblical worldview; since government resources are used in government facilities, this constitutes a clear establishment of religion and a violation of the First Amendment, or so the argument goes.

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March 5, 2013 – From Palestine Herald-Press – For five years, Living Alternatives, a Palestine non-profit organization committed to families facing an unplanned pregnancy, has taught abstinence education classes at Elkhart Middle School to students in grades 6-10.

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February 15, 2013 – From onenewsnow.com – Unlike other approaches that focus on contraceptive use, abstinence-centered education promotes primary prevention and teaches vital life skills that empower teens to avoid all risk by choosing abstinence.

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February 14, 2013From Bloomberg.com – Sexually transmitted diseases cost $16 billion each year to treat in the U.S., with 19.7 million infections diagnosed annually, the nation’s health agency found.

People ages 15 to 24 account for half of the annual cases, according to reports released yesterday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There are about 110 million total infections among U.S. men and women of all ages, the agency said, with the most common infection human papillomavirus, a virus linked to cancer.

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