The Trump administration has pulled $213.6 million from teen pregnancy prevention programs. The decision, made by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will end five-year grants awarded by the Obama administration.
“The funding cuts to teen pregnancy programs is a step in the right direction,” Abstinence Clearinghouse Founder Leslee Unruh told American Family News. “Frankly, taxpayers should not have to pay for programs that are not working. America’s current sex education system does not allow parents to be at the forefront of their child’s education in sexual health.”
Unruh went on to describe the great need for parents to be involved in all matters of sexual integrity. Parents know their children better than anyone and should seek the tools needed to navigate a society promoting a “hook-up culture” grounded in the pursuit of instant gratification.
A withdrawal in funding also allows non-profit organizations the opportunity to meet with financial partners and develop personal relationships. Government grant recipients often find themselves in compromising situations that do not develop a culture of life. Having donors invested in what an organization does on an emotional and financial level ensures that the organization continues to produce fruit.