Trump cuts funding for Obama's teen pregnancy program

Sam Jayne/Axios

The Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Adolescent Health recently notified 81 grantees that it would be discontinuing Obama-era funding under the Teen Pregnancy Prevention program (TPP) — which helps educate teenagers on how to avoid unwanted pregnancies. They pulled the funding after just three years instead of the planned five, per Wired.

  • The reasoning: HHS said in a statement that the "very weak evidence of positive impact of these programs stands in stark contrast to the promised results, jeopardizing the youth who were served."
  • The conflict: The Trump administration is basing its judgment on the evaluation results of the first round of grants — not the current round. Rachel Fey, the director of public policy at the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, told Axios: "Judging the current round of grantees on the evaluation results of the first round makes no sense. The whole point of the first round was to learn what did and didn't work, and that gets incorporated into what they're doing in the second round."