Update: Last July, Trump decided to cut Obama-era funding that provided organizations with five-year grants to prevent teen pregnancy.
Why, you ask? Because Trump is determined to overturn everything Obama did, regardless of what it is or what it entailed.
But all of that is about to change. After losing five lawsuits that all deemed the cut of funding illegal, the Trump admin has finally decided to back off.
While the Trump admin has promised to continue funding the original 81 recipients of the grants, it has not committed to continuing the program after the five years are up.
But hey, it’s a win none-the-less! Read on below for the original story, which ran in July 2017.
7/19/17: While you were busy worrying about the possibility of Trumpcare, Trump went and cut $213.6 million in teen pregnancy prevention programs.
Just to set the scene for you a bit: In 2015, 81 projects aimed at preventing teen pregnancy were given five-year federal grants for research and on-the-ground work. And then out of nowhere, the U.S Department of Health and Human Services sent out letters telling them their funding was to be cut short by two years.
What. The. Fuck.
Among the programs that lost funding, according to Reveal News, are the Choctaw Nation’s efforts to combat teen pregnancy in Oklahoma, Johns Hopkins’ work with adolescent Apaches in Arizona, the University of Texas’ guidance for youth in foster care, the Chicago Department of Public Health’s counseling and testing for sexually transmitted infections, and the University of Southern California’s workshops for teaching parents how to talk to middle school kids about delaying sexual activity.
So just to be clear here: they cut funding for teen pregnancy prevention, they want to cut funding to Planned Parenthood, they don’t want to give government subsidies to poor teens who do have babies, and abstinence-only teachings don’t work. So, what’s the plan here, guys?
According to DoSomething.org, three in ten teen girls in the U.S. will get pregnant by the time they’re twenty.
Not only does the cut to funding make zero sense, but it is also just plain cruel. To be clear, all programs involved dealt exclusively with preventing teen pregnancy; none of the programs even touched on abortion. So there’s no “moral dilemma” here, just straight up sexual health at stake.
All federal funding will come to a grinding halt as of June 30, 2018, which, according to the Health and Human Services Department allows “the grantees an opportunity to adjust their program and plan for an orderly close out.”
So fucked up.
Photo by Ignacio Campo
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