YAKIMA, Wash.--Yakima County is getting help to lower the teenage pregnancy rate. Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and Northern Idaho has received a $15,000 grant.
Money will go toward educating Latino parents and their teens about contraceptives and abstinence. Yakima County has the 3rd-most teen pregnancies in the state, and that number used to be higher.
"If you look at it over a longer period, it's actually come down since like the mid-90s in both Yakima and the state. But for right now we're holding steady at about twice the state rate," said Laura Charters, assessment specialist at the Yakima Health District.
Nationally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows a 37 percent drop in teen births over the past two decades. More than 400-thousand teen girls give birth each year.