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SC Campaign CEO Forrest Alton Releases a Statement on Federal Budget

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Columbia, SC – After learning of the disappointing news this week that the Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee included a proposed elimination of two critical programs proven to reduce teen and unplanned pregnancy in its draft Fiscal Year 2016 spending bill, Forrest Alton, Chief Executive Officer at the South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy has released the following statement:

“The teen birth rates in South Carolina and across the United States are at historic lows, and this progress didn’t happen by chance. Significant acknowledgment should and must be given to public health initiatives at the federal level which have made investments in programs that work, have sustained programming over time, and have ultimately had a tremendous impact on children and families.  The recent House of Representatives draft funding bill, which completely eliminates funding for the Title X program and the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program, is a massive step backwards after 20 years of progress, and is in direct contrast to a stated desire from lawmakers and the voting public to fund what works in social service programs and all areas of government. 

At a time when so much progress has been made on this issue – an issue that is directly connected to poverty, health, graduation rates, workforce competitiveness, and costs to taxpayers – this draft funding bill would undo decades of work in an instant and devastate programs in our state that serve vulnerable populations and high-need communities.  We strongly urge members of the House and Senate to restore funding for these critical programs.”

What can you do?

You can get involved by contacting your Representative and/or Senator in Congress and urge them to continue fully funding the evidence-based Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (TPPP) and the Title X program for Fiscal Year 2016. To find out who your member of Congress is, click here, or contact them at the emails and phone numbers below. 

As more details are known about the federal budget, updates can be found on the Agency’s Federal Funding Resources webpage.