President Obama Releases Fiscal Year 2017 Budget Request: A Statement from The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy
Feb 09 2016
(Washington, DC)—On February 9th, President Obama released his Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 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 2017 budget proposes:
- $105 million for the Office of Adolescent Health Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (TPPP), an increase of $4 million from the FY 2016 appropriated level of $101 million.
- $6.8 million for evaluation funds for teen pregnancy prevention approaches, equal to the FY 2016 level.
- $300 million for the Title X family planning program, an increase of $13.5 million over the FY 2016 level.
- $33 million for the CDC Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH), equal to the FY 2016 level.
- $17 million from CDC and other sources to support teen pregnancy prevention research, along with innovative approaches to serve young men and improve health outcomes for high-risk adolescents, equal to the FY 2016 level.
- A five-year reauthorization of the Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) at $75 million annually beginning in FY 2018, when existing funding expires.
- $638 million for the Title V Maternal and Child Health Block Grant, equal to the FY 2016 level.
The President’s budget request does not include funding for the $10 million competitive abstinence education grant program that was funded in FY 2016 or for the Title V State Abstinence Education Grant Program, though the program has already been authorized at $75 million for FY 2017.
“The President’s FY 2017 budget request reflects a continued robust commitment to programs that reduce teen and unplanned pregnancy,” said Ginny Ehrlich, CEO of The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. “We are particularly pleased with the strong support for evidence-based programs—TPPP and PREP. These programs are critical to continuing the dramatic progress the nation has made in reducing teen pregnancy and childbearing. Since these programs were established in 2010, the teen birth rate in the U.S. has declined 29%, a drop about twice as large as the decline in any other four-year period. We also applaud the much-needed proposed increase for the Title X Family Planning Program. The program has suffered cuts that have resulted in 1.1 million fewer people served in 2014 compared to 2010.
This proposed funding is smart policymaking. Investing in teen and unplanned pregnancy prevention reduces public spending, disparities, and abortion while improving economic competitiveness and the health and wellbeing of families. We hope Congress will continue to invest in these proven programs for FY 2017, as it did last year.”
About The National Campaign. The National Campaign is a private, non-profit organization that seeks to improve the lives and future prospects of children and families by preventing teen and unplanned pregnancy. Please visit www.TheNationalCampaign.org to find out more.