Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month
Governor Dayton signs Proclamation for the month of May as Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month.
State of Minnesota Proclamation
WHEREAS: Minnesota's overall teen birth rate has been steadily declining in the past decade, decreasing from 28.5 per 1,000 in 2007 to 15.5 per 1,000 in 2014, ranking third in the nation; and
WHEREAS: These overall reductions are remarkable and should be applauded; however, it is important to acknowledge that striking disparities in teen pregnancy and birth rates exist for those living in poverty, for racial and ethnic minorities, by geographic location, and among vulnerable population; and
WHEREAS: Teen pregnancy is a public health issue that is associated with numerous immediate and life-long economic and social impacts that affect both teen parents and their children; and
WHEREAS: Less than 40% of teens who become mothers by age 18 receive their high school diploma by age 22, compared to nearly 90% of women who did not give birth as teenagers, and these disparities in educational attainment are directly linked to decreased economic opportunity and earnings in subsequent years; and
WHEREAS: Unintended pregnancies create a variety of challenges for teenage parents and their children, including a higher likelihood of premature birth and low birth weight, less stable living conditions, and increased infant mortality; 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: The Minnesota Department of Health joins with the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, as well as many dedicated local public health agencies, youth service organizations, volunteers, health care professionals, and communities dedicated to improving the lives of young people in bringing awareness and equity to this important issue.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, MARK DAYTON, Governor of Minnesota, do hereby proclaim the month of May 2016, 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 29th day of April.