May 23, 2017
If you’ve seen the headlines, watched the news, or been online today, you already know that the first budget of the Trump Administration proposes historic cuts to programs serving our nation’s most vulnerable communities. Unfortunately—though not surprisingly—efforts to support the sexual and reproductive health of our nation’s youth were no exception.
While proposing $160 million for harmful and shaming abstinence-only-until-marriage programs, the Budget calls for the elimination of $108 million that supports evidence-based education that helps young people plan for their families and futures and $183 million in cuts that supports HIV and other STD prevention efforts, including among students.
The President’s fiscal year (FY) 2018 Budget dismantles numerous critical education and health programs and services that support not just the sexual and reproductive health but also the overall health and wellbeing of people across the country. Trillions in cuts to non-defense funding such as Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families have been proposed while defense spending would grow to twice as much as non-defense in ten years—signaling this Administration’s lack of interest in supporting the health, needs, and rights of the nation’s most vulnerable. Additionally, the Budget assumes and supports passage of the American Health Care Act, resulting in millions of people losing health care coverage and prohibiting any federal funds for Planned Parenthood, further restricting millions of people’s access to care.
There are numerous damaging proposals in the President’s FY 2018 Budget, but key proposals directly impacting the sexual health and wellbeing of young people include:
- Elimination of the Office of Adolescent Health’s Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (TPPP), a loss of $101 million.
- Cuts to domestic HIV prevention and research efforts within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention by $147 million (18.8%).
- Elimination of $400 million in student support and academic enrichments grants to local school districts for instruction topics such as healthy and safe relationships.
- Recommending Congress to extend the authorized Personal Responsibility Education Program for two years at $75 million per year through FY 2019.
- Continuation of the rebranded abstinence-only-until-marriage annually-funded grant program, “sexual risk avoidance education” at $10 million, a $5 million decrease from the final FY 2017 funding level.
- Recommending Congress to extend the authorized Title V “Abstinence Education” state grant program for two years at $75 million per year through FY 2019.
It is clear from this Budget that the Administration is not interested in supporting the empowerment and lifelong health of the most marginalized among us—young people, women, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, people with disabilities, and low-income families.