HAMILTON, OH (FOX19) - The state's birth rate among teens has dropped to a 21-year low. Experts say that reflects less sex and more contraceptives and health officials say declines suggest teens are responding to the fear of STD's and economic anxieties of becoming a parent.
The Ohio Department of Health reports that last year there were 34 births among every 1,000 girls between 15 and 19 years old -- That's compared to 39 in 2009 and 41 in 2008. The state health department also credits awareness programs and intervention for the significant decline in the teen birth rate.
"There was a huge gap within this region regarding prevention," said Jennifer Kruger, Teen Pregnancy Prevention Director at the YWCA.