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Chicago puts pregnant teen boys on billboards, sparks conversation

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CHICAGO, IL (WFLA) -

The Chicago Health Department's new teen pregnancy prevention campaign is sparking conversation. The new campaign features teenage boys shirtless and pregnant.

"The ads are currently displayed on public transit buses, trains, platforms and bus shelters in Chicago," according to a news release.

The attention-grabbing ads are designed are an attempt to raise awareness that teen parenthood is more than just a girl's responsibility.

"Improving the health and well-being of our youth is a key component in our comprehensive effort to make Chicago the healthiest city in the nation," said CDPH Commissioner Dr. Bechara Choucair. "These ads work to increase education and awareness which will in turn help reduce the number of teenage pregnancies in Chicago."

Despite a decline in teen birth rates in recent years, Chicago remains among the highest in the nation.

The city has also launched several websites to help reduce unplanned pregnancies among teenagers, including a school outreach project that included the distribution of 25,000 pocket-sized brochures that covered contraception and health safety tips.

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