- Associated Press - Thursday, December 21, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City health officials say teenage pregnancy has dropped 60 percent since 2000 but continued progress could be jeopardized by the federal government’s move to cut funding for teen pregnancy prevention.

According to city Health Department figures released Thursday, the pregnancy rate among teens ages 15 to 19 decreased from 101.2 per 1,000 in 2000 to 40.6 per 1,000 in 2015.

The department says its federally funded sex education programs and clinical services for teens are a factor in the decline.

Public health officials around the country expressed alarm when the Trump administration cut more than $200 million from the federal Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program last summer.

New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett says sexual health education programs for teenagers “must be preserved and expanded.”

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