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Study compares panhandle teen pregnancy and Planned Parenthood

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Amarillo, Texas - Planned Parenthood and the panhandle's teen pregnancy rate, that's what one new study is comparing.

Released by the group American Life League, a new study examines the 16 counties of the panhandle's teen pregnancy rates since Planned Parenthood facilities began closing in our area.

The study uses pregnancy rates reported by the Texas Department of Health State Services.

In 1996, a year before opposition to Planned Parenthood began, the teen pregnancy rates across the panhandle was more than 43.6 per 1,000 girls.

Two years after all facilities had closed, teen pregnancy was at 24.1 per 1,000 girls. Researchers are claiming that this is a significant confirmation that Planned Parenthood's presence and its sex education programs are not a necessary tool in reducing teen pregnancy.

But that doesn't seem to be the case everywhere across the state.

NewsChannel 10 has done some more research of it's own. In other areas of Texas where Planned Parenthood is a part of sex education and teen pregnancy rates have also dropped.