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Teen pregnancy in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina continues to be higher than the nation as a whole. Teen pregnancy is one of the most difficult experiences a young person can experience in their life. Teen pregnancy can affect a young person emotionally and physically. Teen pregnancy is a major health issue because the teenage body is not fully developed yet causing complications during pregnancy. Studies have shown nearly 44% of 9th graders in South Carolina have admitted to having sex. There are a total of 515 girls that was reported in my community alone last year (Forrest, 2011). My paper will go into more details of how long teen pregnancy has been in problem in my community, how is has affected my community, and how the community responds to teen pregnancy. Rates of teen pregnancy have increased in my community. From 1997-2003, teen pregnancy rates had decreased by 22%. However, this downward trend reversed and between 2004- 2007, the rate of teen pregnancy in South Carolina had increased by 10% from 33.1 to 36.5 per 100 girls (Forrest, 2011). Teen pregnancy has been a main concern to my community for over 12 years and the Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy has been working on a newly funded program that will help decrease the rate of teen pregnancy. South Carolina has received nearly 20 million dollars in federal grants from the government. The money will be used over the next five years to expand and intensify prevention efforts in schools and communities. The money will also create programs that will target the minority youth in Myrtle Beach and the Spartanburg County (Floyd, 2010). The Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy will unveil a new federally funded initiative that will aim at reducing the teen birth rate in my community. According to the South Carolina Campaign, a teen...
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