That is by far the highest rate of teen pregnancies of any industrialized nation -- and eight out of 10 are unplanned, according to NCPTP figures.
Â After rising 23% between 19, pregnancies among girls between the ages of 15 and 19 declined 17% between 19.
"I don't know if you can say that at most public schools, but that may be a gross generalization." Reid, who lives in Nashville, serves on the NCPTP's youth leadership team.
"We see politicians, including the president, pushing abstinence-only education and calling for teens to abstain from sex.
Â "Only a handful of conservative politicians are pushing the more stringent abstinence education, but they are very powerful," Dailard says.
"And parents and teachers aren't willing to be real vocal about this issue." Â Sanden calls the debate over abstinence vs.
"Abstinence is the best and most desired method of preventing pregnancy, but it is also not very realistic for many teens." So how do parents approach discussions of sex with their children?
First, don't hesitate to express your own opinions about what is appropriate behavior, according to recommendations from the NCPTP.