UN: 7.3 million teen births in developing world

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LONDON — Recent research has suggested that teen pregnancies in the developing world are declining, but more than 7 million girls under the age of 18 are still giving birth each year and suffering drastic consequences, a UN report said Wednesday.

The UN Population Fund expressed particular alarm about the dangers facing girls 14 or younger, who account for 2 million of the 7.3 million births to women under 18 in developing countries. This group faces the gravest long-term social and health consequences from giving birth as teens.

‘‘A girl who is pregnant at 14 is a girl whose rights have been violated and whose future is derailed,’’ the fund’s executive director, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, said in London.

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