REPORT: Trump admin announces abstinence-focused overhaul of teen pregnancy program


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The Trump administration will shift federal funding aimed at reducing teen pregnancy rates to programs that teach abstinence.

The Department of Health and Human Services announced Friday the availability of grants through the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program, a grant program created under President Obama that funds organizations and programs working to reduce teen pregnancy rates.

Except under Trump’s HHS, the grants will be geared toward organizations that teach abstinence education to teens instead of the comprehensive sex ed approach the previous administration supported.

The article goes on to state the following:

In a funding announcement released Friday, the administration announced two tiers of funds for the TPP program.

In the first, grantees would have to follow one of two abstinence programs to receive funding. One of the programs uses a “sexual risk reduction model,” which is designed to reduce sexual risk behaviors. The other program uses a “sexual risk avoidance model,” which teaches teens to avoid sex completely.

The second tier solicits applications to develop and test “new and innovative strategies” to prevent teen pregnancy while improving adolescent health and addressing “youth sexual risk holistically by focusing on protective factors.” 

The Hill noted that, “The Obama administration mostly awarded TPP grants to organizations that taught comprehensive sex ed, which can include teaching teens about contraception and abstinence,” but added that “the Trump administration has been shifting toward abstinence programs.”

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