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House bill focused on lowering teen pregnancies in Mississippi

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Mississippi lacks a sex education policy for students and the state leads the nation in teen pregnancies. 

Some in the legislature are working to change the status quo when it comes to teen births in the state.

A few house Democrats are presenting a bill to the legislature that will hopefully lead to fewer teen pregnancies. 

Those who are in support of the bill say they're hoping that it will also save Mississippi money, given the dire budget situation.  

" To try to encourage teenagers, through scholarships to not to become teen mothers cause the state is now spending approximately $230 million dollars a year and Mississippi leads the nation in teen births," said Democratic Representative Gregory Holloway, who represents Hinds, Claiborne and Copiah counties.

Rep. Holloway and others say they are looking to present the bill to the House this week for review.

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