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Jun 27, 2012 11:48 AM by NBC News (CC)

Rate of pregnant Latina teens reaches record low

Latinas have had the highest teen pregnancy rates compared to other groups for decades, but now rates are down more than 30-percent

"I think what's really critical is the fact that the CDC has attributed this to the access to birth control. I think that really emphasizes the importance of education and prevention," said Nora Vargas, Vice President of Community Engagement at Planned Parenthood, who believes that has played a huge role in helping decrease teen pregnancy rates among Latinas by 33 percent.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, it is the lowest point since 1976.

"And I think when programs are targeted at communities to a make sure that they have accurate information I think it makes a difference," said Vargas.

She said families are also now discussing the topic of sex and making it a point to educate their youth in areas once considered taboo.

while this is may be an achievement, there is still work to be done.

"Latinas still have teen pregnancy rates that are higher than... twice as high as the Caucasian community," said Vargas.

The report also shows women in their 20's are postponing pregnancy.

The rate of women getting pregnant in their late 30s and early 40s has increased by 65 percent in the past two decades.

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