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NEW DATA: Teen Childbearing Cost SC Taxpayers at Least $166 Million in 2010

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

An updated analysis from The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy shows that teen childbearing in South Carolina cost taxpayers at least $166 million in 2010. Here are some highlights from the new data:
  • Between 1991 and 2010 there have been 166,542 teen births in South Carolina, costing taxpayers a total of $4.5 billion over that period.
  • Had it not been for significant declines in the teen birth rate in recent years, the costs to taxpayers would have been even higher.
  • The teen birth rate in South Carolina declined 41% between 1991 and 2010. The progress South Carolina has made in reducing teen childbearing savedtaxpayers an estimated $172 million in 2010 alone compared to the costs they would have incurred had the rates not fallen.