The South Carolina Chapter of the March of Dimes invests in mission initiatives statewide, including research grants and local community programs such as CenteringPregnancy — a group model of prenatal care that has lowered rates of preterm births and increased adequacy of prenatal care.

The March of Dimes is working to prevent birth defects and infant death, to reduce South Carolina’s premature birth rate, and to increase access to prenatal care and educate men and women about having healthy babies.

I would like to take this opportunity to correct misinformation that appeared in a letter published recently. The South Carolina Chapter of the March of Dimes does not fund any Planned Parenthood activities nor does the national office of the March of Dimes. The March of Dimes does not encourage, fund, or support abortion through national, state or community grants, nor may Foundation funds be used for directive counseling regarding abortion.

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to provide you with accurate information about March of Dimes family planning policies and activities.

We are deeply grateful for our volunteers and supporters for their dedication to and support of our lifesaving mission.

Charles Rittenberg, M.D.

Board Member, March of Dimes

South Carolina Chapter

Middle Street

Sullivan’s Island