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Hawaii's abortion drop coincides with sex education changes


Health experts say there could be a variety of explanations for the abortion decline, including Hawaii residents' high rate of use of long-acting contraception methods such as intrauterine devices or hormonal implants. Less than 20 percent of abortions in Hawaii are performed on teens, and the majority of procedures are carried out on 20 to 29-year-olds, said Dr. Donald Hayes, epidemiologist with the Hawaii Department of Health.But some are concerned that a recent policy change by Hawaii's Board of Education to require parental consent for students to participate in sexual health education programs could reverse those trends. There are ongoing debates at the Board of Education about whether sex education should be mandatory in public schools.

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