Nigeria’s teen pregnancies ‘rise’

October 29, 2009 • Daily Email Recap

Thanks to SD Shantinath for this article from BBC News. Clearly, education of girls is not the total answer to high fertility rates. Access to family planning information and services are indispensable, as are cultural norms regarding age of marriage and first pregnancy, ideal family size, and rights of women to play a role in determining whether and when to expose themselves to pregnancy.

Unplanned pregnancies among Nigerian teenagers and young women have risen despite improvements in educational levels, a report found.

In 2003, 16% of pregnancies among girls and women aged 15-24 had been unintended, compared with 10% in 1990.

The study from the New York-based Guttmacher Institute said low use of contraceptives was partially to blame.

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