Hispanic Teen Mothers In Santa Ana: Twice National Average

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Citing Santa Ana’s high teenage pregnancy rate, some parents and others in Orange County’s largest school district are questioning a proposed health curriculum that pushes abstinence and barely mentions birth control.

The Santa Ana Unified School District Board of Trustees will meet tonight to consider adopting a health textbook that doesn’t include information on contraception. The book would be supplemented in class by a set of lessons the board adopted this year on HIV/AIDS prevention, including information about condoms.

But some parents, such as Steve Delgadillo, say that’s insufficient and plan to oppose adoption of the textbook at the board’s meeting. He said two of his daughters became pregnant as 17-year-olds.

“It’s good to have the AIDS and HIV [education], but that’s not enough,” he said. “I feel, as the parents of teenagers, and as a district, we have failed our children.”

In 2000, the latest year for which statistics are available, there were 88.6 live births per 1,000 females ages 15 to 19 in Santa Ana. That’s twice the national average.

As 2000 census, 76.07% of the population in Santa Ana is Hispanic or Latino (Owing to the large percentage of illegal immigrants in the Latino population in Southern California, this figure is widely believed to suffer from significant downward bias) Link

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