Published On: Fri, Feb 16th, 2018

Planned Parenthood sues Trump administration over funding cuts to sex ed program which includes abortion

Planned Parenthood is suing the federal government for cutting funding for a sex education program started during the Obama administration: The Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (TPP).

The reported focus of the program is the reduction of teen pregnancy, using an “evidence-based program that funds diverse organizations working to prevent teen pregnancy across the United States.”

Planned Parenthood supporters at protest 2011 photo/S. MiRK via wikimedia commons

Some of programs funded by TPP include sex ed classes taught through Planned Parenthood and an app that teaches 15-year-olds about condoms (“Put One On”).

A Colorado organization that received $749,900 in annual funding from the TPP advocates for “youth” having access to “safe, legal, and confidential reproductive and sexual health services… including abortion.”

This organization, Colorado Youth Matter, supports “LGBT inclusive sex ed” instructing children about homosexuality and transgenderism starting in kindergarten.

Another grantee, the Baltimore-based Healthy Teen Network, received an annual $723,000. It supports “the full range of contraceptive options” for teenagers, affirming “LGBTQ+” lifestyles for youth, and the integration of sex education into “all educational levels and programs and across the academic curriculum.”

The Trump administration’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is ending TPP two years early. Planned Parenthood and several other TPP grant recipients are suing over losing grant money.

TPP has some critics scratching their heads: “Rigorously evaluating new and innovative approaches to preventing teen pregnancy. These are designed to fill gaps in the current evidence base and include interventions for males, Latino, American Indian, and LGBTQ youth, and youth in the foster care and juvenile justice systems, as well as interventions that are technology-based and/or in clinics, schools, and communities.” (Emphasis added, The Dispatch)

It’s unclear what is being taught to the gay community about becoming pregnant.

Mary Anne Mosack, the Executive Director of the advocacy group Ascend, told Life Site News it isn’t enough to teach kids about contraception and consent to try to reduce risks.

“It’s important that we eliminate risk rather than simply reduce it,” she said. “I commend HHS for actually ending programs that don’t work and re-assessing so that we can get this right…the bottom line has to be the health of the youth.”

“Three of the [TPP] programs actually had negative effects” and increased sexual initiation, pregnancy, or oral sex, Mosack explained. They were “not effective” yet “we spent almost a billion dollars on those programs during the Obama administration.”

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- Roxanne "Butter" Bracco began with the Dispatch as Pittsburgh Correspondent, but will be providing reports and insights from Washington DC, Maryland and the surrounding region. Contact Roxie aka "Butter" at [email protected] ATTN: Roxie or Butter Bracco

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  1. John, I so agree. I have a really hard time with ANY tax payer funds going to this group. We fund Medicaid and while I don’t want any baby aborted, that is the only legal option for us to be paying for.

    Thanks for your response.

  2. John says:

    The time to de-fund Planned Parenthood is now and forever. Tax-dollars should not be used to fund the immoral practice of killing unborn babies. To support the right to life, please go to: https://www.tfpstudentaction.org/petitions/defund-planned-parenthood-forever

    How can you expect to see respect in American society when helpless unborn babies’ lives are being snuffed out in the name of “choice”?


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