The new Davis bill addressing an important need comes on the heels of an Administration budget that cuts a key program that promotes evidence-based teen pregnancy reduction programs. The budget includes the elimination of the evidence-based Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) Program, currently funded at $101 million.
Ginny Ehrlich, CEO of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancies said,
“It represents a disturbing retreat from investments in the gold-standard, evidence-based TPP Program, and from high quality contraceptive coverage and access for low-income Americans. At a time when the country is seeing accelerated declines in teen childbearing, and the first decline in decades in unplanned pregnancy overall, such funding cuts are short-sighted and will greatly affect all young people. Put simply, it’s equivalent to building a skyscraper and abandoning the project halfway through the construction process.”