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 steadily declined during the past decade, decreasing from 28.5 per 1,000 in 2007 to 13.7 per 1,000 in 2015, compared to the national teen birth rate of 22.3, a decrease from 42.5 in 2007 per 1,000 births; and
WHEREAS: Minnesota has the sixth lowest teen birth rate in the country; and
WHEREAS: Striking disparities in teen pregnancy and birth rates remain for those living in poverty, for racial and ethnic minorities, by geographic location, and among vulnerable populations; 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: 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 continued reduction in teen pregnancy and birth rates can only be achieved through partnerships between communities and organizations dedicated to improving the lives of young people; and
WHEREAS: The Minnesota Department of Health joins with the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, Advocates for Youth, and dedicated local public health agencies, youth serving organizations, volunteers, health care professionals, and communities in bringing awareness and equity to this important issue.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, MARK DAYTON, Governor of Minnesota, do hereby proclaim the month of May 2017, 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 8th day of May.