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Teenage pregnancy rates fall across the world… except in the Philippines


Teen Pregnancy Rates Defy Trend Throughout the World –

Teenage pregnancy rates across the world have declined in the last two decades except in the Philippines, according to a new survey.

The report by the UN says the Philippines topped the regional list of Asian countries that continued to have the greatest number of teenage pregnancies.

It also says that one in 10 young Filipino women – between 15 and 19 years of age – is already a mother.

few factors adding to the continued increase in birth rates include having multiple sexual partners as well as low condom use.

Social attitudes towards family planning in the Philippines are heavily influenced by the Catholic Church.

Vanessa Aguilos, a 24-year-old Filipino mother of three, told Al Jazeera she did not know that having unsafe sex would lead to her pregnancy.

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“It did not cross my mind that this could happen. My mother just asked me one day why I was not having my period any more … After a pregnancy test, it turned out I was [pregnant],” she said.

Aguilos comes from a low-income family and did not have access to family-planning advice. Nor were contraceptives given to her.

In 2012, the Supreme Court of the Philippines ruled that it was constitutional to implement the Reproductive Health Law, meaning that low-income earners had a right to family planning services and free contraception.

The government says it will address the matter again after the May election.

2 Comments on "Teenage pregnancy rates fall across the world… except in the Philippines"

  1. well the only reason why so many young girls get pregnant cause the PINOY boy are to lazy they think only about they own pleasure and they know they can run away and not responsible that the men PINOY attitude selfish do not care at all they screw up the life of a young girls or have a kid no dad no support nothing very very sad my blood boiling grrrrrrrrrr

  2. There was a boy who wanted to date my daughter. I told her she could have a boyfriend as long as he would meet me. He never spoke to her again. The boys here have no spine. When I was her age it was normal to meet a girls parents and get “The talk” from her father. If one ever grows a spine at least he will not have to deal with me cleaning a gun (Since it is illegal for us foreigners to own one).

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