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Texas has the fifth highest teen birth rate in the country and ranks first for repeat teen pregnancies. The teen birth rate in Bexar County for ages 15-19 was 49 percent higher than the national rate in 2013.

The United States is at a record low for teen pregnancy rates and while Texas and Bexar County teen birth rates have declined overall, the high number of teen mothers giving birth again has remained constant in San Antonio since 2010. 

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently began notifying teen pregnancy institutions that their federal funds are being cut to the tune of about $200 million.

Many of these programs were awarded five-year grants during the Obama administration but now, they are told one year of funding remains.

Texas has the highest number of teen parents in the nation and the state has the fifth highest rate of teen pregnancy. Texas is also number one for repeat teen pregnancies.

The Trump administration cut more than $200 million from teen pregnancy prevention programs and research across the country last week. It was a surprise to a lot of people on the receiving end of those grants – including many here in Texas, where teen pregnancy is a big problem.

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The new director of the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District, Dr. Colleen Bridger, is a nationally recognized speaker, trainer and innovations expert with over 20 years of experience in community development and improvement.

The nation's falling teen birth rate saw an even bigger drop over the past decade, with dramatic declines among Hispanic and black teens.

Birth rates are down a whopping 51 percent among Hispanics age 15 to 19 since 2006, and down 44 percent among black teens, according to a survey of census data by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Teen pregnancy rates among whites also fell by a third.

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