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[Comment] England’s Teenage Pregnancy Strategy: a hard-won success

Teenage pregnancy is considered a key indicator of adolescent health for good reason.1 The associations between teenage births and mortality, morbidity, and social and economic hardship for the mother and child are well established. Research over many decades has provided us with a good understanding of the underlying factors for the complex issue of teenage pregnancy and reasonable evidence for what strategies work to limit it. In The Lancet, Kaye Wellings and colleagues2 present the impact of the UK Teenage Pregnancy Strategy on rates of teenage abortions and births in England over the 13 years after its introduction in 2000.

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