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Democracy Forward Foundation v. Health and Human Services

After Stonewalling by Trump Administration, Lawsuit Probes Political Motives In Cutting $213 Million From Evidence-Based Programs

We filed suit against the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) to force the Trump Administration to reveal why it suddenly cut nearly $213 million in evidence-based Teen Pregnancy Prevention (“TPP”) Program grants in midstream, and what role Valerie Huber—an abstinence-only advocate appointed by President Trump—played in reducing access to this evidence-based sexual health education.

The suit was filed after nearly three months of stonewalling by the Department. Although the Department admitted that it had located relevant documents for production, it has refused to release the documents, stating at one point that the delay was due, in part, to the need for a political appointee to review them.

Stripping funding from effective programming is another in a series of actions the Trump Administration has taken that prioritize politics over the health and wellbeing of women and girls. The TPP Program–overseen by the Office of Adolescent Health–provides funding for educating young adults on sexual health and pregnancy prevention and conducting research on teen pregnancy. The Program has been widely recognized as playing a key role in reducing teen pregnancies, and lauded as a “poster child” for evidence-based public policy.

After slashing TPP grant funding, HHS announced a new teen pregnancy prevention and “sexual risk avoidance” initiatives. The Department has not stated what the source of existing funding is for these new initiatives.

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