The House Of Representatives Has Proposed Serious Cuts To Or Complete Elimination Of The Funding For Some Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs.

The House of Representatives has proposed serious cuts to or complete elimination of the funding for some teen pregnancy prevention programs.
The House of Representatives has proposed serious cuts to or complete elimination of the funding for some teen pregnancy prevention programs. According to a statement from The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unwanted Pregnancies, published on the PR Newswire, the following programs would be affected:
  • Complete elimination of the Evidence-Based Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative at the Office of Adolescent Health ($110 million in FY 2010),
  • Complete elimination of the Title X Family Planning Program ($317.5 million in FY 2010),
  • Significant reduction in funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (reduce by $850 million from FY 2010),
  • Significant reductions in funding for the Maternal and Child Health Block Grant (reduce by $50 million from FY 2010) and Community Health Centers (reduce by $1 billion from FY 2010).
Sarah Brown, CEO of The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unwanted Pregnancy, said of the cuts, "The proposed cuts in efforts to prevent teen and unplanned pregnancy for the current year are fiscally irresponsible, short-sighted, at odds with the wishes of the American public, and put at risk the great progress the nation has made in preventing too-early pregnancy and parenthood." Teen pregnancy is certainly a concern that cannot be ignored. According the Campaign, teen childbearing costs taxpayers $9.1 billion each year. And that, of course, is just the financial cost. At the same time, our country is clearly in a precarious financial position and cuts must be made. But is this the right area?

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