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Teen Pregnancy

Source: American Medical News

"Teen pregnancy is at the root of nearly every other social problem in the U.S.," according to Joycelyn Elders, MD, who was the keynote speaker at a recent American Academy of Pediatrics meeting.

Look at the Figures: 90% of Americans who are currently serving time in U.S. prisons were born to teenage mothers. Pregnancy is the leading reason young girls drop out of high school. The public-assistance tab for teen mothers and their children in 1991 was $26 billion.