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Saga Prefecture Has Highest Teenage Abortion Rate in Japan

The Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare released statistics on the abortion rate for teenagers in 2006 showing that Saga Prefecture has the highest rate in the nation, with 14.2 per 1,000 teenaged girls. The national average is 8.7. The rate in Saga Prefecture has exceeded the national average every year since 1988, or 19 straight years. The prefectural government will reexamine the guidance it provides in sex education and pregnancy prevention.

Published: Jun 20, 2008 / Last Updated: Jun 20, 2008

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