BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant says he believes most teenagers know how to obtain and use contraception, but they “do not care enough” about using it.
The Daily Leader reports that Bryant spoke Tuesday in Brookhaven at a forum about reducing Mississippi’s teenage pregnancy rate, which has long been among the highest in the nation.
Bryant says he’ll be pushing for legislation to require prosecution of adult males who impregnate teenage girls. Mississippi already has a statutory rape law, and it was not immediately clear how Bryant’s proposal will differ from that.
Nycole Campbell-Lewis, a member of the governor’s task force on reducing teen pregnancy, said at the Brookhaven forum that local communities need to get involved in solving the problem.
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