Date: March 27th, 2018
Healthy Teen Network is pleased to report that, as a result of advocacy from our members, supporters, and national and state adolescent sexual and reproductive health colleague organizations, Congress has appropriated funds to allow the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (TPPP) to continue in federal fiscal year 2018. Congress included the TPPP appropriation of $107.8 million ($101 million for TTTP and $6.8 for TPPP evaluation) in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018, which President Trump signed into law March 23, 2018.
The continuation of TPPP through FY 2018 was far from a foregone conclusion, given that the Trump Administration proposed to eliminate the program in its FY 2018 budget request to Congress. Healthy Teen Network is grateful for the many Members of Congress who defended the program and insisted that its continuation be included in the omnibus appropriations measure.
Attention will now turn to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which has responsibility for implementing the TPPP program. Healthy Teen Network and others are concerned that the Department could attempt to tilt it toward abstinence-focused programming, given other actions the Trump Administration has taken to prioritize abstinence-based approaches over complete sexual health promotion approaches.
In other FY 2018 appropriations news of interest to us, Congress maintained funding for the Title X Family Planning Program at the $286.5 million level, despite efforts by some in Congress to reduce or end this program due to its being a partial source of funding for some Planned Parenthood health centers. Also of note, Congress increased funding for the Sexual Risk Avoidance Education discretionary program by $10 million, raising it to $25 million.
We ask our members and supporters to be aware that we must continue our advocacy for TPPP, Title X, and other positive health programs that reach youth and young adults. Congress is beginning to prepare appropriations legislation for FY 2019. The President’s budget request for 2019, like 2018, seeks to terminate the TPPP program. Different year…. Same story.