Hot News Stories (8/20/14)

The Washington Post (Washington, DC)
Between 2007 and 2012, Colorado saw the highest percentage drop in birth rates among teens 15 to 19 in the country, according to a report released today by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics. During that time, its teen birth rates dropped 39 percent compared to 29 percent nationwide. Abortion rates in the state among teens fell 35 percent between 2009 and 2012 and are falling nationally, as well. One simple policy led to America’s biggest drop in teen birth rates.

The Oklahoman News (Tulsa, OK)
Teen childbearing in the United States has been declining for years. However, over the past 20 years, Oklahoma has seen its teen birth rate decrease more slowly than most other states. Public officials say Oklahoma could do a better job of educating youth about prevention and family planning.

The New York Times (New York, NY)
Every year in the United States thousands of men and women die from cancers that can be prevented with a simple vaccine. Sadly, uptake of this cancer-preventing vaccine is abysmal. One reason: Doctors don’t want to talk about sex.

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