Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month
Governor Dayton signs Proclamation for the month of May as Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month.
State of Minnesota Proclamation
WHEREAS: Since 2007, the Minnesota teen birth rate declined by 59 percent from 28.5 per 1,000 to 16.8 per 1,000 in 2013 and is below the national average; and
WHEREAS: While progress has been made in reducing teen pregnancy and birth rates, Minnesota holds striking disparities in teen pregnancy and birth rates by poverty, race and ethnicity, geography, and among vulnerable populations; and
WHEREAS: Teen pregnancy is closely linked to a number of critical social and public health issues such as intergenerational poverty, low educational attainment, and involvement in the criminal justice and child welfare systems; and
WHEREAS: Teen parents are less likely to receive timely and consistent prenatal care than women who become pregnant at an older age, and children of teen parents are more likely to have unfavorable outcomes such as premature birth and low birth weight; and
WHEREAS: Young people are less likely to get pregnant or get someone pregnant if they have certain protective factors, including: open communication with caring adults about sexual health; supportive parents and caregivers; accurate knowledge about contraception, pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, and the option of abstinence; and access to reproductive health services; and
WHEREAS: By supporting healthy youth development, we can support and affirm teens' choices to prevent pregnancy, finish high school, and successfully transition to adulthood; and
WHEREAS: The Minnesota Department of Health joins with the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, Advocates for Youth, the Office of Adolescent Health, as well as many dedicated local public health agencies, youth serving organizations, volunteers, health care professionals, and communities in bringing awareness to this important cause.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, MARK DAYTON, Governor of Minnesota, do hereby proclaim the month of May 2015, as:
TEEN PREGNANCY PREVENTION MONTH
in the State of Minnesota.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Minnesota to be affixed at the State Capitol this 4th day of May.