BRUSSELS, August 19, 2004 ( – New statistics on the Belgian teen pregnancy rate were released today indicating a four percent increase in pregnant adolescents in 2003 over 2002.  Commenting on the increase, Christianne Vienne, who has nine children of her own and is Health Minister of the southern Belgian region of Wallonia, said, “I prefer that younger girls of 14 abort in 100 percent of the cases.  I am not pleading for abortion as a general rule, but in this particular case, yes.”  Of note, the abortion rate among adolescent mothers – one fifth of the 15,000 abortions annually – has not decreased despite campaigns to promote birth control.  As of May, girls under 21 were offered free oral contraceptives.  jhw