Belief Statements BirthMatters Values These Beliefs Statements: Teen pregnancy is linked to multiple disparities, including negative birth outcomes, welfare, and foster care. Investing in reproductive health education and prevention services for youth reduces teen pregnancy, promotes the development of healthy families, and strengthens the greater Spartanburg community. Parents and caregivers are valued as their children’s primary educators. Community programs, schools, and religious institutions are important partners in addressing teen pregnancy. Teen pregnancy prevention education programs must be evidence-based and medically accurate, emphasize abstinence, and include information about contraception. Access to quality medical care and highly effective contraception, including condoms, is a basic right for all youth. Providing emotional and educational support to underserved young parents throughout their pregnancies and births enables families to make well-informed, intentional choices and to lead healthy lives.