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Hillary Rodham Clinton honored members of 12 organizations fight

May 2, 1997

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Hillary Rodham Clinton honored members of 12 organizations fighting to reduce teen-age pregnancy rates, including the wives of two prominent Republicans.

Alma Powell, wife of retired Gen. Colin Powell, and Elayne G. Bennett, wife of conservative activist William Bennett, are members of Best Friends Foundation.

It is a school-based program for girls in grades five through nine that fosters self-respect and promotes responsible behavior and abstinence.

Mrs. Clinton said Friday the program is an example of the creative approaches needed to keep girls from becoming pregnant.

``There is no one-size-fits-all answer to teen pregnancy,″ she said in the East Room ceremony.

The honorees were chosen by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, an initiative launched by President Clinton.

Other winners were: Patricia Canessa of the National Organization on Adolescent Pregnancy, Parenting and Prevention; Russell C. Deyo, Johnson and Johnson Family of Companies; Sue Cameron, county commissioner, Tillamook County, Ore.; Gloria Feldt, Planned Parenthood Foundation of America; Eric Graham, Children’s Express; Susan Wilson, Network for Family Life Education; Wade Horn, National Fatherhood Initiative; Edward Pitt, Fatherhood Project and National Practitioners Network for Fathers and Families; Marion Howard, Grady Teen Services Program; Sheila Johnson, Black Entertainment Television; and Ann S. Moore, People magazine.

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