Tell Congress to Save TPPI and End AOUM Funding!
The Senate has now joined the House in proposing a fiscal year (FY) 2016 funding bill that would effectively decimate the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative (TPPI) and dramatically increase funding for abstinence-only-until-marriage (AOUM) programs.
The Senate's funding proposal of an 80% cut for TPPI is hardly better than the House's proposal of a 90% cut and practical elimination. Reducing TPPI funding down to $20 million from $101 million would devastate the program and severely diminish the number of young people served.
Egregiously, both bills include increases for failed and harmful AOUM programs. It's bad enough that the House bill doubles AOUM funding, but the Senate bill goes even further and includes a 300% increase for these demeaning and stigmatizing programs.
Further details of the Senate funding bill remain scarce until the bill text and committee report language is released later this week.
But we already know that the bills are a blow to the progress that has been made since FY 2010 to support and improve adolescent sexual health through evidence-based and effective innovative approaches to supporting healthy youth development.
Tell Congress to fully-fund TPPI and eliminate AOUM funding!Our young people deserve information and education, not shame and blame, to ensure their lifelong health.
For any questions or more information, contact Jesse Boyer, SIECUS Director of Public Policy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your support!