Teen Pregnancy Costs Latin America Billions of Dollars a Year

Latin America’s high teenage pregnancy rates are driven by a lack of sex education in schools and lack of access to free birth control for girls, which has become even harder to obtain due to the closure of health clinics in coronavirus lockdowns.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - High rates of teenage pregnancy in Latin America cost governments in the region billions of dollars of year while worsening poverty and inequality, according to research published by the United Nations on Wednesday, November 11th.

Per nation, teenage pregnancy costs on average US$1.2 (R$6.4) billion a year in lost of earnings by mothers, tax revenue, health care and hospital costs, according to the U.N.’s Population Fund (UNFPA) that looked at six countries - Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico and Paraguay.

These are costs that governments “could avoid if they managed to . . .

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