Did you know that teen pregnancy in North Carolina costs state taxpayers an estimated $312 million annually?
The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy calculates the cost of teen pregnancy in
Teen pregnancy and childbearing have significant economic and social costs. Preventing teen pregnancy benefits taxpayers and the economy, and improves the educational, health, and social prospects for this generation of young people and the next. Prevention is also the responsible approach to reducing unintended pregnancies and thus the need for abortion through increasing access to family-planning services as well as comprehensive sex education.
In 2009, the
Press Release, Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Coalition of North Carolina, An Ounce of Teen Pregnancy Prevention is Worth $312 Million in North Carolina (Oct. 30, 2006); Press Release, The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, Teen Childbearing in North Carolina Costs Taxpayers $312 Million Annually (Oct. 30, 2006); The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, By the Numbers: The Public Costs of Teen Childbearing in North Carolina (Nov. 2006). Lynn Bonner, Sex Ed To Get A Lot More Explicit, The News And Observer, Jun. 26, 2009.