Trump Administration Cuts Funding From Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs
The Trump administration has reportedly cut $213.6 million in teen pregnancy prevention program and research funding from 81 institutions across the country. The budget cut amounts to two years’ worth of funding slashed from five-year grants that were awarded by the Obama administration in 2015 and were designed to help find scientifically proven ways to help teens avoid unwanted pregnancy.
The Reveal Center for Investigative Reporting obtained annual grant award letters sent by the federal Office of Adolescent Health that included the following sentence: “This award also shortens the project period to end June 30, 2018, at the end of this budget year.” According to Reveal, letters sent in previous years said the grant period would end on June 30, 2020. Health officials said cutting the funding short by two years in a multi-year project effectively renders all their research useless — researchers will now no longer have time to analyze the data they’ve already been collecting for the past two years.