Trump administration cuts teen pregnancy prevention program funding



Trump
supporter Anne Burke and Trump protester Domanie Leveille shake
hands after a discussion as the two protesting groups met not far
from Trump National golf course, where President Donald Trump was
attending the Women’s US Open tournament on Saturday, July 15,
2017.


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Without much warning, the Trump administration has gutted nearly
$214 million from teen pregnancy prevention programs across the
country.

More than 80 organizations
will lose
Obama-era grants from the US Department of Health
and Human Services that helped them fund programs for helping
teens avoid unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted
infections.

Johns Hopkins University, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, the
Chicago Department of Public Health, the University of Texas, and
the Choctaw Nation’s sexual health programs are just some of the

institutions that are expected to be affected by the cut
.

Reveal, the site for The Center for Investigative Reporting,

obtained copies of the grant letters
that the program
organizers receive every year. This year, the letters also
included a line saying the grant money would stop coming on June
30, 2018 — two years earlier than the Obama administration had
intended.

“We are just reeling. We’re not sure how we’ll adapt,” Jennifer
Hettema, lead researcher on a project at the
University of New Mexico
told Reveal. Their program, which

focused on teaching low-income Hispanic and Native American
teens
about sexual health, is one of the programs that will
see a funding cut.

An HHS spokesperson
confirmed the cuts in funding to Reveal
but did not elaborate
on the reasons for doing so. That said, some of the organizations
receiving the grants said that they were told that the move was
brought forward by
Valerie Huber
, a new chief of staff to the assistant
secretary for health at…

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