Economic survey: Debunking the teen pregnancy data

The Economic Survey 2021, shows more adolescents got pregnant in 2019, than last year. Anti-teen pregnancy campaigners say the figures don't reflect the reality as it only captured pregnant girls through antenatal clinic visits.

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What you need to know:

  • The 2021 Economic Survey which captured the number of pregnant girls through the first antenatal care clinic visits, shows more adolescents were impregnated in 2019, than last year.
  • Anti-teen pregnancy campaigners argue that more than 30 per cent of the cases may have not been captured as the adolescents shy away from hospitals due to shame and stigma.
  • Some girls who got pregnant in the past year procured abortion through traditional herbalists.

More than 330,000 adolescents aged 10-19 years got pregnant in 2020, a year during when learners stayed out of school for close to 10 months.

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