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Abrupt Trump cuts to teen pregnancy program

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Does the Trump administration have any coherent policy goals (other than reversing everything the Obama administration accomplished)? Needless to say, those who cut the program (which will result in more teen pregnancies) also oppose abortion. Jesse Hellmann reports in The Hill:

The Trump administration has abruptly cut short grant programs aimed at ending teen pregnancy, leaving the institutions that receive the funds scrambling for answers.

An office within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) notified 81 institutions across the U.S. that the five-year grants they were awarded would end two years sooner than planned.

The Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) program, a national program created in 2010 under former President Barack Obama, funds organizations working to reduce and prevent teen pregnancy, with a focus on reaching populations with the greatest need.

But HHS informed the recipients in their annual grant award letters that programs would end next year rather than in 2020, a cut of about $200 million over two years.

The TPP program has funded initiatives in 39 states, including one ran by the Baltimore City Health Department.

“There was no communication about the reason. The notice of the award just stated that instead of a five-year grant, it is now a three-year grant,” said Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen.

Baltimore’s program aims to decrease the overall teen birth rate there, which is three times higher than the national average.

But the program will now lose $3.5 million in grant funding over two years, meaning 20,000 fewer students will have access to reproductive health education and other services.

“We don’t have another way to fill this deficit. This will leave a huge hole in our ability to deliver health education,” she said.

Bill Albert, chief program officer at the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy in Washington, D.C., said HHS had “offered up very little explanation” for the change.

Grantees were told that the administration was looking for something that was a “better fit for its priorities, but those were not specified,” Albert said. . .

Continue reading. There’s a lot more. And the program is connected with the country’s very low teen birthrate. Conservatives hate that. So they will fund abstinence education, and that has definitely been proven not to work. But facts, schmacts.

Written by LeisureGuy

11 August 2017 at 8:47 am

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