Nearly 200 Groups Call on Congress to Support Evidence-Based Teen Pregnancy Prevention

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The recent March for Science, worldwide demonstrations by scientists and science enthusiasts to champion public funding for “evidence-based policies in the public interest,” revealed a non-partisan groundswell of support for, well, science.

This outpouring of public support for evidence-based policy is no surprise; it corroborates what we often find in polling at The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. For instance, one of our most recent polls shows overwhelming bi-partisan support among adults (85% overall, 89% of Democrats, and 75% of Republicans) to continue funding for the Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) Program and Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP). And this support doesn’t just transcend political lines; it is also consistent across regions of the country (83% in the Northeast and North Central, 85% in the South, and 88% in the West).

A similarly wide range of organizations also recognize the value of these programs for our youth, society, and for building a body of evidence for teen pregnancy prevention. In fact, nearly 200 local, state, and national organizations have signed this letter calling on Congress to support maintaining investments in the TPP Program and PREP (and the number continues to grow).

The TPP Program and PREP not only provide high quality programs for young people in communities across the country and  help us to learn what works when it comes to teen pregnancy prevention, but have also been heralded as pioneering examples of evidence-based policymaking.

“There is strong and growing bi-partisan support for using data and evidence to achieve better outcomes for children and families, and we should build on that support by investing in evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention programs,” said Michele Jolin, CEO and Co-Founder of Results for America. “Programs like TPP and PREP can help us tackle our toughest challenges by driving public dollars toward solutions that deliver the best results for taxpayers and the most vulnerable members of our society.”

I couldn’t agree more with Results for America, an organization that is working hard to ensure decisionmakers at all levels of government harness evidence and data to make progress on our great challenges.

If you work with an organization that is enthusiastic about evidence and you want to show your support for the TPP Program and PREP, please consider adding the organization’s name to the letter. For organizations that aren’t able to advocate for funding, click here for other ways to help the TPP Program and PREP.

Authored by: Tara Mancini

Tara Mancini is the Public Policy Manager at The National Campaign.  In this role she supports the Public Policy Department’s advocacy work on federal appropriations and on opportunities to reduce teen and unplanned pregnancy through Medicaid and health care delivery system reform at the federal and state levels.

Tara previously served as the Public Policy Fellow at The National Campaign.  She also worked at the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families, providing research assistance on Medicaid, the Children's Health Insurance Program, and the Affordable Care Act.

Tara earned a BA in Sociology and BA in Justice Studies from Rhode Island College and her MA in Sociology from American University.  She lives in Washington, DC, where she can frequently be found laughing at a stand-up comedy show. 

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