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Teen Pregnancy Program Surprised by Trump Cuts

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By    |   Friday, 11 Aug 2017 10:22 AM

President Donald Trump's administration has issued widespread funding cuts at short notice, including one to the Teen Pregnancy Prevention program.

The Department of Health and Human Services informed 81 institutions all over the country that their five-year grants were being changed to three-year grants. The TPP program, established under former President Barack Obama, provided funding to organizations that work to stem teen pregnancy.

"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," Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen told The Hill.

The city's health department administered one of the TPP-funded initiatives with the aim of bringing down the teen birth rate, which is three times the national average. The program loses $3.5 million over two years without the grant, leaving 20,000 students without access to reproductive health education and related 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 added.

"Given the very weak evidence of positive impact of these programs, the Trump administration, in its FY 2018 budget proposal did not recommend continued funding for the TPP program," HHS spokesman Mark Vafiades told the Hill in a statement. "Current TPP grantees were given a project end date of June 30, 2018."

The health commissioners from 20 cities wrote to HHS secretary Tom Price in July, warning that these cuts "will not only reverse historic gains made in the U.S. in reducing teen pregnancy rates, but also make it difficult to truly understand what practices are most effective."

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