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Judge Rules Against Trump Administration Cuts for Teen Pregnancy Prevention

In 2017 the Trump Administration ended funding to the "Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program" which had been criticized by conservatives for its focus on comprehensive sex ed, which includes teaching young people about both contraception and abstinence. Instead, they added millions of dollars to their proposed budget to extend the "Abstinence Education and Personal Responsibility Education Program," favored by Evangelical Christians and other conservative groups despite a growing body of research that such programs don't work.

Last week, a third federal judge ruled against the Trump administration's cuts to the "Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program."

JESSIE HELLMANN, The Hill: Judge Catherine Blake in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that the administration's decision to end grants two years early for organizations participating in the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program was "arbitrary" and "capricious," and that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) would have to process applications for continued funding for the group involved in the lawsuit.

“This ruling means that Baltimore City students will continue to receive evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention education delivered by teachers specially trained to teach these important curricula," Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen said in a statement Thursday.

Its unclear at this point if the Trump Administration intends to appeal Judge Blake's ruling.


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