Help Save TPPP and Title X – What You Can Do

Jun 21 2016

June 21, 2016

How Can You Help To Protect TPPP and Title X?

What’s Happening Now

On Thursday, June 9, 2016,  the Senate Appropriations Committee approved its version of the FY 2017 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (LHHS) appropriations bill, S. 3040 (see pages 80-81 for TPPP and page 47 for Title X).  The bill passed the committee with all but one Senator on the committee (Lankford, R-OK) voting in favor of the bill.  The legislation would maintain level funding for the evidence-based Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program at $101 million and provide $6.8 million for evaluations of teenage pregnancy prevention approaches (the same as the current funding level).  The bill also provides level funding for the Title X Family Planning Program at $286.5 million.  Finally, the bill includes $15 million for the competitive abstinence education grant program (sometimes called Sexual Risk Avoidance) an increase of $5 million over the current funding level.  To view The National Campaign’s statement on the bill, click here

If one or both of your Senators are on the Senate Appropriations Committee and voted for the bill, please send them an email or call them to thank them for their support.

This is positive news, but there are still many steps left in the process.  The House has yet to take up its version of the FY 2017 LHHS bill, and there is no word yet on when that might happen.  In the meantime, we encourage you to continue reaching out to your members of Congress to remind them about the value of these programs.  It’s crucial that members of Congress hear from their constituents, particularly if there is a current TPPP grant benefitting your community.  Remember, everyone can do something to help.

What You Can Do

Advocate.  Let your members of Congress know about the great work that TPPP is supporting in your community and the importance of continued funding for TPPP to its ongoing success.  The ask is “please maintain funding for the evidence-based Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (TPPP) at $101 million for FY 2017.”  Remember, grantees can advocate for this federal funding, but they cannot use their federal funds to do so.  See our sample advocacy letter to use as a template for your outreach.

Educate.  If you aren’t able to advocate, you can still educate members about the great work that TPPP is funding in your community.  For those who cannot lobby for funding but want to help protect the program, educating members is important.  See our sample education letter as a guide for your efforts.

To look up your Representative, click here and enter your zip code in the box on the top right.  To view your Senators, click here.

Additional Things You Can Do:

  1. Develop a statement or news release to make sure local press know about new grants where appropriate, and the great work it is supporting in your community.  
  2. Send an alert to others in your network asking them to contact elected officials and let them know about the value of your program.  Feel free to use our language to make it easier.  Ask young people you work with to lend their voice – they can write letters to the editor, send emails to elected officials, and use social media to encourage their friends to contact their elected officials.
  3. If you have board members or other friends who have good relationships with your   congressional delegation, encourage them to weigh in – a quick phone call or email from someone that is well connected goes a long way.  
  4. Set up district meetings and site visits with members of Congress during their time at home over the August recess (which actually begins in late July).  This is a great way to educate them about the impact of your work.
  5. If you haven’t already, have your organization sign-on to this letter to Congressional Leadership from more than 150 national, state, and local groups supporting TPPP.  Contact tmancini@thenc.org to add your organization’s name to the letter.

Key Messages:

  • Since the first round of TPPP grants began in 2010, the teen birth rate in the U.S. has declined 35%, about twice as large as the decline in any other five-year period.  Why mess with success?
  • Investing in evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention programs saves taxpayer dollars. Teen pregnancy costs taxpayers at least $9.4 billion annually, and the estimated savings in 2010 alone due to the 61% decline in the teen birth rate between 1991 and 2010 was $12 billion.
  • Eight in 10 adults (83%) support the federal evidence–based Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (TPPP), including 92% of Democrats and 75% of Republicans.  For additional points you can make, see our TPPP talking points, as well as our resources below.

Resources:

  • The National campaign’s FY 2017 Federal Appropriations Request Letter.
  • Letter from more than 150 national, state, and local groups demonstrating broad support for maintaining funding for evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention programs.
  • For state specific information about teen and unplanned pregnancy, and TPPP and Title X grants going to the state, see here.
  • It’s About Evidence: What You Need to Know About The Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (TPPP Talking Points)
  • Survey data and infographics that demonstrate…
    • the vast majority of adults recognize the challenges that remain and support additional efforts to prevent teen pregnancy.
    • strong support for TPPP, along with a graph pointing out the dramatic progress in the national teen birth rate since TPPP began.  While there are certainly many things that have contributed to the declines in teen childbearing, this accelerating progress is notable.
    • widespread support across racial/ethnic, political, and regional lines, as well as among all ages and education levels for the evidence-based TPPP and Title X.
    • extensive support for taxpayer-funded efforts to prevent teen pregnancy to be invested in interventions that have been shown to actually change teen sexual behavior.

Note: In the photo gallery below each Survey Says, you will find separate infographics for the items in the document so you can easily use them separately or together as you see fit.

Supporting Materials