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SC Campaign CEO Responds to FY 12-13 State Budget

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

With the passing of the Fiscal Year 2012-2013 budget, the South Carolina General Assembly and Governor Haley have shown that they recognize the importance of continuing to invest in teen pregnancy prevention efforts in our state. The return on an investment in prevention is well documented. A reduction in teen pregnancy correlates to increased graduation rates, fewer children growing up in poverty, improved health of the state’s young people and a more educated workforce. In short, every $1 dollar spent on preventing teen pregnancy has a direct return of more than $4.

Statement from Forrest Alton, CEO of the SC Campaign
“We are thrilled that the Governor has joined the General Assembly in continuing to support teen pregnancy prevention efforts. Over the past decade the teen birth rate in South Carolina has decreased by 26%. Certainly part of this progress can be attributed to the leaders in our state government who have been willing to stand up and vocally support a continued and long-term investment in teen pregnancy prevention. At the same time we must recognize the interconnectedness of issues like education, HIV prevention, sexual assault and teen pregnancy. I’m hopeful members of the General Assembly will carefully consider their reaction to vetoes involving these critical issues that were delivered by Governor Haley and act accordingly to overturn them.”

About the SC Campaign
The mission of the South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy (SC Campaign) is to improve the health and economic well being of individuals, communities, and the state of South Carolina by preventing teen pregnancy. To achieve its mission, the SC Campaign works with a variety of programs - public, private, school and community-based - in each of the state's 46 counties. In the last year, the SC Campaign committed $1.7 million to SC communities for programs that work to reduce teen pregnancy.