Teen pregnancy problem in Spartanburg County be addressed over the next five years

November 22, 2011 by  

With teenage pregnancy a major problem in Spartanburg County, last week, the South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy started a new campaign to highlight the problem. Called “Not Right Now: Put Pregnancy on Pause”, the campaign is using a variety of printing services to create informational fliers and brochures to distribute to the teenage population and is also marketing their campaign on billboards and on the Internet to parents and the entire Spartanburg, South Carolina community.

The Campaign was awarded a five-year, multi-million dollar grant, which it is overseeing, to create seven programs along with the printing campaigns that are designed to educate teenage women and reduce the pregnancy rate by 10 percent.

According to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, 573 babies were born to teenage mothers between the ages of 15 and 19 in 2009. The goal of the Campaign is to reduce that figure to less than 500 by the year 2015.

In addition to the fliers and brochures, organizations involved in the campaign such as Birth Matters and Reach Upstate are providing free classes to women in order to learn about sexual health, the use of contraceptives and how to avoid risky behaviors.

More than $150,000 will be handed out to these groups and many others this year to improve and increase both the quantity and quality of services available for young women, according to Forrest Alton, CEO of the South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. An additional $1 million will be awarded over the next four years to groups designed to combat teen pregnancy in Spartanburg County.