A group at South High School called Sexually Mature And Responsible Teens (SMART), is one of many projects across the state that are engaging teens in pregnancy prevention efforts. Experts say those efforts are paying off, as the birth rate among Minnesota teenagers has plunged nearly 40 percent in the past two decades.
In the sex education classes teens take in Minnesota schools, abstinence has been touted as the only 100 percent effective way to avoid pregnancy. But survey statistics don’t give abstinence the credit.
The number of teens having sex has remained steady or even increased slightly in the last 10 years while the birth rate continued to drop.
Read more from reporter Elizabeth Dunbar.

A group at South High School called Sexually Mature And Responsible Teens (SMART), is one of many projects across the state that are engaging teens in pregnancy prevention efforts. Experts say those efforts are paying off, as the birth rate among Minnesota teenagers has plunged nearly 40 percent in the past two decades.

In the sex education classes teens take in Minnesota schools, abstinence has been touted as the only 100 percent effective way to avoid pregnancy. But survey statistics don’t give abstinence the credit.

The number of teens having sex has remained steady or even increased slightly in the last 10 years while the birth rate continued to drop.

Read more from reporter Elizabeth Dunbar.