South Carolina's abstinence education efforts are designed to support children and adolescents by promoting abstinence to prevent teen pregnancy and STDs in groups that are most likely to bear children out-of-wedlock. Those groups include youth who are homeless, in foster care, live in geographic areas with high teen birth rates, or come from racial or ethnic minority groups with disparities in teen birth rates. South Carolina's abstinence education program aims to impact the following health indicators:
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, administers the "State Abstinence Education Grant Program" funding as authorized and appropriated by section 214 of the Medicare Access and Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2015 (Public Law No. 114-10), which amends Title V Section 510 of the Social Security Act [42 U.S.C. § 710].
Current State funding is provided through 2017-18 South Carolina Legislative Provisos 34.45 and 34.46.