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SC is winning the battle against teen pregnancy

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Imagine sitting with your friends 20 years ago today and spotting a headline in the newspaper about rising teen pregnancy rates. Then imagine someone suggests that — with a modest investment in state dollars, a strong commitment to prevention at the local level, and a coordinated statewide effort involving parents, schools and the faith community — we could reduce teen pregnancy by 40 percent over the next two decades. Ahh, the stuff dreams are made of. Impossible, right?Not so fast. In fact, that is exactly what has happened in South Carolina. Since the early 1990s, the teen birth rate in our state has decreased more than 40 percent, with some of the largest decreases happening in recent years. There were almost 800 fewer births to teens in our state in 2010 than there were in 2009. This is real progress on one of the most critically important issues to improving the health and economic well-being of individuals and communities in our state. It is progress of this nature that has led the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to declare teen pregnancy a winnable battle. Click here to read more.