STC Teen Pregnancy report
Pregnancy is the biggest killer of teenage girls worldwide
26 JUNE 2012 | LONDON – A new report from Save the Children UK - Every Woman's Right: How Family Planning Saves Lives - highlights the fact that girls under 15 are five times more likely to die in pregnancy than women in their 20s. Babies born to younger mums are also at far greater risk and around one million babies born to adolescent girls die every year - babies are 60% more likely to die if their mother is under 18.
Read the full report Listen to the BBC Today programme's Sarah Montague talking to pregnant teenagers at one STC clinic in Liberia
In many countries it is normal for young girls to be married off and quickly fall pregnant before their bodies have sufficiently developed, according to the report. More than 200 million women around the world who don’t want to get pregnant currently don’t have access contraception. This results in 82.3 million unintended or mistimed pregnancies in developing countries every year.
Next month's London Family Planning Summit offers a once-in-a-generation opportunity to help girls and women make decisions over when and whether to have babies. Save the Children UK is urging world leaders to increase the global availability of contraceptives. But while providing more condoms, injections and pills is crucial, it's not enough. So too is making sure that women are empowered to decide when to have children through education and the law.
Join the STC campaign to ask world leaders to act on both fronts at July's London Family Planning Summit. Sign the STC petition to summit host David Cameron (link on the right).