Nearly 200 Groups Call on Congress to Maintain Investments in Evidence-Based Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs

Published by htokadmin on April 24, 2017

APRIL 24, 2017

(WASHINGTON, DC) – As Congress faced a deadline to finalize appropriations for fiscal year 2017 and begins work on fiscal year 2018, a diverse group of national, state, and local organizations from around the country sent a letter, coordinated by The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, to Congress urging them to continue current funding for the successful, evidence-based Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) Program and Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP).

“Since the TPP and PREP programs began in 2010, the teen birth rate in the U.S. has declined 35 percent. Why mess with success?” said Ginny Ehrlich, CEO, The National Campaign. “We are proud to have coordinated this effort and join with the nearly 200 groups signed on to this letter asking Congress to support these programs, which give so many young people the information and knowledge needed to delay pregnancy, plan their futures, and achieve their education and career goals.

Together, the $185 million in annual funding for the TPP and PREP programs serve more than 400,000 youth each year—targeting those communities with the greatest need. This funding represents a modest but strategic investment by the federal government to address teen pregnancy in the U.S. where roughly one in four girls will become pregnant before the age of 20, and where distinct disparities persist.

In Oklahoma, these federal grants have been the primary source of public sector teen pregnancy prevention funding for over a decade. Currently, this funding supports evidence-based prevention initiatives in Oklahoma and Tulsa counties, along with a multi-county area in southeast Oklahoma coordinated by the Choctaw Nation. The Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy credits these efforts for the significant declines in teen birth numbers and rates in those areas over the past 10 years.

Across the country, surveys confirm the public understands the value of these evidence-based programs. Results show 85% of adults (75% of Republicans and 89% of Democrats) favor maintaining federal funding for the TPP Program and PREP.

For more information, contact Sharon Rodine at the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy (srodine@oica.org).