President Obama Releases Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Request: A Statement from The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy

Feb 03 2015

(Washington, DC)—On February 2nd, President Obama released his Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 budget request.  The President’s budget request reflects a commitment to proven programs that reduce teen and unplanned pregnancy, including strong support for evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention programs and the Title X Family Planning Program, among others.

Specifically, the President's FY 2016 budget proposes:

  • $105 million for the Office of Adolescent Health Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (TPPP), an increase of nearly $5 million from the current FY 2015 appropriated level of $101 million.
  • $6.8 million for evaluation funds for TPPP, which is equal to the FY 2015 level.
  • $300 million for the Title X family planning program, an increase of $13.5 million over the FY 2015 level.
  • $37 million for the CDC Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH), an increase of $6 million over the FY 2015 level.
  • $17 million within CDC to support teen pregnancy prevention research and innovative approaches focused on young men and high-risk youth.
  • A five-year reauthorization of the Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) at $75 million annually.
  • $637 million for the Title V Maternal and Child Health Block Grant, which is equal to the program’s FY 2015 level.

The President’s budget request does not include funding for the $5 million competitive abstinence grants included in recent appropriations bills or a continuation of the Title V State Abstinence Education Grant Program for FY 2016.

“We commend the President for directing additional funding in his FY 2016 Budget to proven programs that reduce teen and unplanned pregnancy,” said Sarah Brown, CEO of The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.  “We are particularly pleased with the strong support for evidence-based programs that help prevent teen pregnancy.  These programs are critical to continuing the dramatic progress the nation has made in reducing teen pregnancy and childbearing.  We also applaud the much-needed proposed increase for the Title X Family Planning Program.  More than 600,000 fewer people have been served by Title X due to recent cuts to the program. The programs that the President’s budget has strongly supported reduce teen and unplanned pregnancy, reduce abortion, save taxpayer dollars, and contribute to economic opportunity and mobility.  In other words, they are smart investments in what works.  We hope Congress will also recognize the value of these proven programs as it completes work on FY 2016 spending.”