On Thursday, affiliates of the abortion chain in seven states sued the Trump administration for cutting funding for their questionable teen pregnancy prevention programs.
The Daily Nonpareil reports the lawsuits argue that the Trump administration wrongly cut their funding prematurely and without cause. Nine groups, including Planned Parenthood affiliates in Washington, Iowa, North Carolina, South Carolina, Louisiana, Texas and Maryland, are part of the lawsuit.
Last year, the Trump administration announced plans to cut about $200 million in grants to the abortion chain and other participants in the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (TPPP). It said the program did not help reduce teen pregnancies and wasted tax dollars.
Planned Parenthood contends that its sex education programs are effective.
“The suits filed today argue that the termination of TPPP without cause is contrary to HHS’s own regulations, in violation of the Administrative Procedure Act,” said Healthy Teen Network, a partner of the abortion chain, in a statement. “TPPP is a gold-star example of evidence-based policymaking in action and the grantees were given no explanation for the termination.”
Here’s more from the Iowa report:
The grant was $965,988 per year and was scheduled to last until 2020, said Becca Lee, spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood of the Heartland.
She said Planned Parenthood worked with other organizations to deliver abstinence education and other sex education programs to youth at risk for unwanted pregnancy. The program also collected data on what works and what doesn’t so that money would be well spent, Lee said. It also helped the youths recognize the need for birth control until they decide to become parents, she said.
The Teen Pregnancy and Prevention Program was launched by the Obama administration in 2010. Funding was to last until 2020, but the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced last year that it would terminate funding this June.
Health and Human Services Department spokesman Mark Vafiades told the New York Times that there is very little evidence that the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program is working.
Vafiades said the evidence of a positive impact is “very weak,” and the Trump administration wants to support a program that “provides youth with the information and skills they need to avoid the many risks associated with teen sex.”
Many parents become very upset when they learn Planned Parenthood teaches their teenagers about sex. School districts in North Carolina and Michigan recently rejected Planned Parenthood sex education programs because of a strong public outcry.
Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider in the United States, aborting more than 300,000 unborn babies every year. The abortion chain also teaches sex education in public schools across the country, and promotes risky sexual behavior to vulnerable young teens at its clinics.
In 2014, Live Action release an undercover video series showing Planned Parenthood employees encouraging young teens to participate in sado-masochistic sexual activities, including gagging, whipping, asphyxiation, shopping at sex stores and viewing pornography.
Planned Parenthood’s booklet for HIV-positive youth, “Healthy, Happy and Hot,” tells young people that it is their “human right” to not tell their partner that they have HIV.
The abortion giant also publishes multiple “resources” for children and teenagers concerning sexual activity. These materials claim to provide “age appropriate” sex education to children starting at age 4.