Date: June 17th, 2015
In what can only be described as a staggering threat to the sexual and reproductive health infrastructure across the country, a U.S. House Appropriations subcommittee with jurisdiction over federal health programs is considering legislation that, if passed as presented, would EVISCERATE future funding for the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative (TPPI) and ELIMINATE future funding for the Title X Family Planning Program. Yes, EVISCERATE and ELIMINATE! If passed, our national public sexual and reproductive health prevention and services system would lose $384.3 million in vital federal funds!
Healthy Teen Network urges its members and supporters to contact their U.S. elected officials immediately and demand that TPPI, Title X, and other federal public health programs be taken off the chopping block as fiscal year (FY) 2016 appropriations legislation advances through Congress.
Please make a telephone or email communication to the U.S. Representative who represents you personally, and/or the U.S. Representative(s) who represent the geographic areas of your programs or services. To determine your U.S. Representative(s), visit http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/ and enter your zip code. The U.S. Representative(s) for that zip code will appear. Click the Representatives’ websites to find the telephone numbers for their Washington DC offices and a link to an online form for sending email messages. You may also call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at 202-225-3121 and ask to be transferred to your U.S. Representative.
Please make a telephone or email communication to the TWO U.S. Senators who represent you personally, and/or the U.S. Senators who represent the geographic areas of your programs or services. To determine your U.S. Senators, visit http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm. Use the drop down feature to find your Senators by state. Click the Senators’ websites to find the telephone numbers for their Washington DC offices and a link to an online form for sending email messages. You may also call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask to be transferred to your U.S. Senator.
“[I am a [constituent/voter/supporter of Representative XX]] or [I [work for/am on the board of directors for] [name of organization], which serves people in your district.] I am [calling/writing] to communicate my high level of concern with a recent proposal by the House appropriations subcommittee that funds federal health programs. That subcommittee is proposing to eviscerate the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative by reducing its funds by nearly $98 million dollars. And it is also proposing to eliminate the Title X Family Planning Program altogether. These proposed program terminations, if they were to come to pass, would seriously and irrevocably damage the sexual and reproductive health prevention and services system in our country, including in our local area. I am requesting the Representative to weigh-in with House leadership to communicate the Representative’s opposition to these proposed program terminations. And I would ask the Representative to consider voting against the health appropriations bill if it comes to the floor with these proposed program terminations included. I am requesting the Representative to respond to me with a position on this matter. Sincerely, [insert name]”
“[I am a [constituent/voter/supporter of Senator XX]] or [I [work for/am on the board of directors for] [name of organization], which serves people in our State.] I am [calling/writing] to communicate my support for continued funding for the small set of federal sexual and reproductive health programs. In particular I highlight my support for the Teen Pregnancy Prevention and the Title X Family Planning Program. These programs are essential to sustaining the public sexual and reproductive health prevention and care infrastructure in our state. I am requesting the Senator to weigh-in with Senate appropriations committee leadership to communicate the Senator’s support for continued, robust funding for TPPI and Title X, at minimally the President’s budget request levels. I am requesting a response with the Senator’s position on this matter. Sincerely, [insert name]”
Resources for Further Information:
- Healthy Teen Network: Public Policy Recommendation on Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs
- Sign-On Letter: Title X FY2016 Appropriations
- National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy Statement: House Appropriations Subcommittee Releases Draft Bill That Eliminates Programs Proven to Reduce Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy
- National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association Statement: House Subcommittee Funding Proposal Eliminates Family Planning Program