Trump administration cuts short anti-teen pregnancy grants

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Dozens of teen pregnancy prevention programs are seeking answers and alternative funding after being told that President Donald Trump’s administration will end five-year grants after only three years.

Rachel Fey, of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, says grantees were given no explanation when informed earlier this month their awards will end next June. The federal Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program receives about $100 million a year.

Thirty-seven Democratic senators have signed a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price seeking an explanation. It calls the decision affecting all 81 grantees short-sighted.

HHS hasn’t responded to requests for comment.

The Center for American Indian Health at Johns Hopkins University says it’s pursuing private funding to continue a program in Arizona.

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