and birth control programs are facing cuts in favor of public programs that promote abstinence and the “rhythm method”
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Why It Matters
The administration tried to cut funding for evidence-based, comprehensive sex education programs — which are proven to increase safer sex and help young people prevent unintended pregnancy — and refocus the funding to abstinence-only programs that are proven to be ineffective.
That includes trying to cut funding for the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (TPPP), an evidence-based initiative proven to increase safer sex
Former Special Assistant to the President, White House Domestic Policy CouncilResigned: 6-1-2019
What to expect next
If the administration’s efforts succeed, fewer young people will get sex education
HHS plans Title X, TPPP consolidation under abstinence-only activist Diane Foley
Administration announces shift in funding toward abstinence-only approaches
Funding slashed for the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program
By eliminating funding for [the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program], we will set progress and families back decades, especially for families in rural communities like mine.”
Who Gets Hurt By Cuts to Sex Education
Without cuts, the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program would serve 1.2 million young people by 2020. But the Trump-Pence administration is trying to cut sex education funding, and promoting abstinence-only programs that don’t work.
Slashing funds disproportionately harms sexual violence survivors, LGBTQ teens, youth of color, rural communities and others who face barriers to care. All young people deserve sex education.
Background on Sex Education
Secretary of Health Alex Azar says he plans to consolidate the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program and Title X (the federal program for affordable birth control) under anti-birth control, anti-abortion, pro-abstinence advocate Diane Foley.Rewire News
The administration wants to remove the requirement that sex education is based on scientific evidence.Quartz
The vast majority (85%) of Americans support keeping funding for the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program.Power to Decide
Across party lines, over 93% of parents say comprehensive sex education in schools is extremely important.Public Library of Science (PLOS) One
Teen pregnancy is currently at an all-time low, in part thanks to the educational resources provided by programs like the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program — a program that the administration’s policies put at risk.Vox
Medical evidence shows that abstinence-only-until-marriage programs — which the administration has attempted to rebrand as "sexual risk avoidance" — don’t work, and can actually be harmful.Vice
Young people need accurate information to make healthy decisions about their bodies and their futures — without fear or shame. But abstinence-only programs often blame survivors for their own sexual assaults and ignore the needs of LGBTQ teens.Refinery 29
Cutting funds to the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program coincided with the administration’s appointment of abstinence-only-until-marriage activist Valerie Huber to the Department of Health and Human Services.Planned Parenthood Action Blog