Teen pregnancy in Boston falls but stays high

TEENAGE pregnancy rates have fallen in Boston but remain far above the national average.

This is according to recently released figures from the Government’s Office for National Statistics.

Boston’s conception rate for 15-17-year-olds is 50.6 per 1,000 for 2007-09, compared to an average of 40.3 per 1,000 for England and Wales.

The county average is further away at 39.3 per 1,000.

It is the second highest rate in the county, after Lincoln (63.6 per 1,000).

It has, nevertheless, fallen from the previous year’s figure, which covered 2006-08, when Boston’s conception rate was 54 per 1,000.

It still has some way to fall, however, in order to reach the figure for 2004-06 - 47.7 per 1,000.

Lincolnshire County Council (LCC) has welcomed the figures, which reveal an overall fall.

Coun Sue Woolley, executive councillor for health, said: “The projects and initiatives we are promoting take time to make their mark but clearly they are having the right effect. It is all about raising the aspirations and confidence of teenage girls to make them aware of the consequences of actions they take and the alternatives.”

The figures also revealed Boston had the joint-third lowest abortion rates for pregnant 15-17-year-olds in the country, at 34 per cent.

Carol Goodyear, project leader for Tackling Teenage Pregnancy at LCC, said this possibly indicated the pregnancies were not unplanned.