While studies and statistics have shown that a lack of sex education correlates with higher teen pregnancy rates , some states, like Texas, continue to teach abstinence-only sex education. Texas’ abnormally high teen birth rate could also be affected by the lack of contraception access. A study by researchers at the University of Florida-Pensacola examined the number of nationwide births by females ages 15 to 19 between 2006 and 2012. Although the nation has seen a decline in teen birth rates, researchers found clusters of elevated teen birth rates in particular areas. Texas has the fifth-highest teen pregnancy rate in the country, with more than 35,000 teen births recorded in 2014. The Lone Star State also leads the country in repeat teen pregnancies, according to the Center for Disease Control
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