North Carolina is one of the nation's most advanced states when it comes to collecting teen pregnancy data. While many states only collect teen birth rates, North Carolina collects teen pregnancy rates that include births, abortions, and fetal deaths. Knowing how many teen pregnancies occur each year gives us a better sense of how to approach prevention.

It's important to remember that teen pregnancy rates are also a fairly conservative representation of teen pregnancies. Because rate rely on county and clinic reports and because North Carolina's formula doesn't account for miscarriages, you should assume that your teen pregnancy and numbers do not count every, single pregnancy.

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