BOGOTA Thomson Reuters Foundation - There has been insufficient progress in reducing high teenage pregnancy rates in Latin America and the Caribbean, three United Nations agencies said on Wednesday, as they warned that rising numbers of girls under 15 were falling pregnant. Population Fund UNFPA blamed high pregnancy rates on a lack of access to contraception and high levels of sexual violence against girls. The report found there were It said teenage girls with only primary education or no education were up to four times more likely than girls with secondary or higher education to start having children. The report said governments must improve efforts to combat rape of girls, and highlighted a lack of post-rape care and emergency contraception, as well as restrictive abortion laws. Attitudes toward sex education needed to change among community leaders, schools and parents, who should acknowledge that adolescents were sexually active and that girls did not have enough protection against sexual violence, the report said.
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For illustrative purposes only. Pregnant women wait to be attended at the Maternal and Children's Hospital in Tegucigalpa, Honduras in Reducing teenage pregnancy is a major challenge for Latin America and the Caribbean, which has the second highest rate of early pregnancies in the world, according to the Pan-American Health Organization PAHO , which urges countries to expand sex ed and access to contraception. In the region, 15 percent of pregnancies each year occur in women under 20 years of age. The world rate of teenage pregnancies mothers from is estimated in 46 births per 1,, in Latin America and the Caribbean the rate is The lowest teenage pregnancy rate in the entire region is in Guadalupe, the French overseas territory in the Caribbean.
Latin America teen pregnancy rate 'unacceptably high': U.N.
Adolescence is a transitional period characterized by accelerated body changes that are often not correlated to psychosocial maturation. This circumstance depending on the environment leads to the maintenance or even the increment of teenage pregnancy rates in many Latin-American countries during the last 15 years. It is important to note that this condition does not exclusively depend on the chronic deficit in socio-sanitary and educational policies in those countries. Teenage pregnancy TP may occasionally be the secret aspiration to constitute the own family, but in other cases, the exposure of a hidden abuse sustained over time. The increase in sexual activity in teenagers and the reduction in the sexual initiation age have been recognized at worldwide level, which, inevitably leads to a growth in pregnancy rates among youngers .
The report is based on interviews with 30 girls and women who became pregnant before turning 18, and dozens of other people including students, LGBT youth, healthcare and social service providers, and experts in the field. Public health data shows Most of these pregnancies are unplanned or unwanted. Laws criminalizing abortion create pervasive fear and drive abortion underground, forcing women and girls to resort to unsafe measures to end unwanted pregnancies. Girls and young women described extreme distress on learning of an unplanned pregnancy.