U.S. Representative G. K. Butterfield
1st District of North Carolina
For Release: Immediate
Date: July 15, 2009
Contact: Ken Willis
Phone: (202) 225-3101
Butterfield to Host Teen Pregnancy Prevention Forum
Henderson, N.C. – In partnership with the Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Campaign of North Carolina, Congressman G. K. Butterfield will host a public forum on teen pregnancy prevention on Saturday, July 18th.
“While remarkable strides toward reducing teen pregnancy rates have been made over the past 20 years, there still a great deal of work ahead,” Butterfield said. “The personal consequences of teen pregnancy and childbearing are well documented and highlight the pressing need to address this issue.”
The state’s adolescent pregnancy rate has dropped by 36 percent since 1992, but North Carolina has still consistently ranked ninth highest in the nation for teen pregnancy rates. Over past three years, the rate has essentially held steady, and, as a result, about 20,000 teenagers will get pregnant across the state this year
With this in mind, Butterfield will join teens, parents, community leaders and advocates from the Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Campaign of North Carolina at a teen pregnancy prevention forum at on Saturday, July 18th from 10 a.m. until noon at Henderson Middle School, 219 Charles Street, Henderson, N.C.
Butterfield said the forum, Advocating for Prevention, is an effort to provide young people, parents and community leaders with information and strategies for influencing teens in the prevention of teen pregnancy. The forum will also offer the opportunity for a discussion of the consequences of teen pregnancy, and participants will receive materials that can be taken and shared with others after the event.
Participants are encouraged to preregister by calling Butterfield’s district office toll free (888) 874-9063.