Programs geared towards preventing teen pregnancy, amounting up to $213 million dollars, have been defunded by the Trump Administration.
The US Department of Health and Human Services have decided to end the grants given out by the last administration for programs "designed to find scientifically valid ways to help teenagers make healthy decisions that avoid unwanted pregnancies." The move towards abstinence focused programs instead follow the stance Secretary Tom Price supports. Over 80 institutions nationwide will lose funding for programs that seek to lower the teen pregnancy rates. The unprecedented decision to stop funding of long term projects immediately have shocked many researchers who noted the action to be "highly unusual and wasteful".
"More than a quarter of U.S. girls become pregnant by 20."
Although the rate of teen pregnancy in the states is high relative to other industrialized nations, the defunding of programs may potentially slow the trend of declining teen birth rates in America. Researchers and project leaders noted that the decision to cancel all funding immediately came from the recently appointed chief of staff, Valerie Huber. Huber's past work with pro-abstinence programs reaffirms the shocking decision to end grants for research is driven by personal agenda and not by scientific research.
The current administration is flagrantly denying the data and aggressively cutting the educational outreach that has been proven to work! Here at More than Sex-Ed, we support the teens that need these programs and services. If you would like help donate to support programs and services that help reduce the teen birth rates, please click on this link. Your recurring donation allows us to continue research and projects that help teens.