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Health Care Policy and Law
November 2017

The Trump Administration and the Abandonment of Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs

Author Affiliations
  • 1School of Law, University of Wisconsin, Madison
JAMA Intern Med. 2017;177(11):1557-1558. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2017.4873

In July 2017, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) sent a letter to over 80 grantees, summarily announcing it was ending approximately $213 million in ongoing grants and, by June 30, 2018, entirely discontinuing its Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program, which Congress established in 2010 at the HHS Office of Adolescent Health.1 The program’s goal: medically accurate, evidence-based, age-appropriate programs to prevent teen pregnancy.