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Hispanic Organization Launches Initiative to Reduce Latina Teen Pregnancy

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"Ruth Flores and Evelyn Sanchez (from left to right) join members of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unwanted Pregnancy."
"Ruth Flores and Evelyn Sanchez (from left to right) join members of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unwanted Pregnancy."

By Elliott Francis

Recent figures show 52 percent of Hispanic teen girls will become pregnant before the age of 20.

One of the nation’s leading advocates for Latinos is taking a stand to reduce that number.

As a Latina teen, Evelyn Sanchez is in a peer group experts say has the highest rate of teen pregnanacy of any major ethnic group in the U.S. Sanchez says.

"I have about four friends who are teen moms right now," she says.

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy is launching a national effort to remind hispanic teens that an unplanned pregnancy can derail their goals.

Ruthie Flores is with the National Campaign. She says the message is simple.

“Delaying teen pregnancy is important to me because I want to be a singer, I want to be a doctor, I want to be a teacher," Flores says, "so coming from them we see this a powerful message for teens to talk about."

At 17, Sanchez has avoided pregnancy and plans to start school at George Mason this fall.

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