Trump administration announced an abstinence-focused overhaul of the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program

If you cut out of work early for the weekend, you missed this: the Trump administration announced an abstinence-focused overhaul of the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program, an initiative created by former President Obama that funded projects and organizations working to cut teen pregnancy rates.

But while the Obama administration focused on comprehensive sex education, which can include a focus on contraception and abstinence, the Trump administration will gear millions in federal funds to organizations that teach teens how to avoid or delay sexual activity. From the funding announcement released late Friday:

“Projects will clearly communicate that teen sex is a risk behavior for both the physical consequences of pregnancy and sexual transmitted infections; as well as sociological, economic and other related risks. Both risk avoidance and risk reduction approaches can and should include skills associated with helping youth delay sex as well as skills to help those youth already engaged in sexual risk to return toward risk-free choices in the future.”

Why it matters: 

It’s part of a broad attempt on the part of the Trump administration to inject abstinence back into federal programing. With Valerie Huber, a former abstinence education advocate, in a senior role at HHS, more changes are likely to come.

Why this is still dangerous….. where are the parents in all of this.

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