Your Health: Aug. 21, 2000

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TEEN MOMS National birth rates may be up, but through no fault of teenagers. Births to teens ages 15 to 19 declined 3% last year (20% over the past decade) to the lowest rate since recordkeeping began 60 years ago. The drop for teens 15 to 17 was more striking--6% last year--and most dramatic for black teens--30% over the past decade. Praise, said the Department of Health and Human Services, must go straight to parents and to savvier teens, most of them unmarried, who are apparently planning their future with a greater degree of wisdom.

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