Teen pregnancy costs state big bucks

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Teen pregnancy could be costing New Mexico taxpayers more that $100 million a year.

In an article from the Santa Fe New Mexican, state health officials say taxpayers spent about $103 million in 2010 because of teen pregnancies.

That’s according to the study conducted by the national campaign to prevent teen and unplanned pregnancy.

The study also says that the birth rate for girls from age 15 to 17 has dropped 43 percent since 2000.

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