Congressman Ted Deutch, a Palm Beach County Democrat, is blasting President Donald Trump’s administration for cutting funding to the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program, or TPPP.
Department of Health and Human Services is eliminating $213.6 million in spending on the program, launched by President Barack Obama’s administration in 2010.
The money for the program — reauthorized by Congress just a few months ago — has been distributed to 81 organizations throughout the country, including Fort Lauderdale-based OIC of South Florida and Trinity Church in Miami, according to a press release from Deutch, and was supposed to last for another two years.
Deutch and more than 100 other members of Congress wrote to HHS Secretary Tom Price, asking for an explanation of what they called an abrupt cancellation of the program, eliminated by Trump in his proposed budget.
“The callousness of this overreach can also not be overstated. At a time when young people are most in need of information and education to protect their sexual and reproductive health, this Administration is denying evidence and science. Young people deserve better,” the lawmakers wrote.
Read the letter here.