May is national Teen Pregnancy Prevention month

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HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – The Youth Empowerment Adolescent Health Network held its 9th annual conference Thursday which focused on how socio-economic conditions can impact teen pregnancy rates.

Care Center Director Ana Rodriguez told 22News inner-city youths are often at a disadvantage when it comes to sex education and pregnancy prevention.

“People without means deserve the same things as people with means, and need the same things,” said Rodriguez. “People need opportunities and people need to have vision of hope for the future.”

Holyoke and Springfield have some of the highest rates of teen pregnancy in the state.

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