February 15, 2018 (Omaha, NE) – Today, Planned Parenthood of the Heartland (PPHeartland) filed suit against the Trump-Pence administration for wrongfully ending the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (TPPP) without notice to grantees. The lawsuit was filed in the Eastern District of Washington alongside two other Planned Parenthood affiliates, Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands and Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho.
TPPP funds programs and health-related resources that provide sex education, youth development and abstinence education. Since the program began in 2010, TPPP has reached over 1 million young people nationwide, and the rate of teen births has declined by 41% – a result of more teenagers having the information they need to make decisions about sex, birth control and pregnancy.
In 2015, PPHeartland was awarded a five-year grant to provide evidence-based programming in five Nebraska and Western Iowa counties where teen pregnancy rates are higher than the state and national average.
Suzanna de Baca, President/CEO, Planned Parenthood of the Heartland:
“PPHeartland is going to court because we have had enough of the Trump-Pence administration’s ruthless obsession with dismantling access to family planning and birth control. TPPP is based in evidence, and it builds on what we know works to help young people stay safe and make healthy, informed decisions about their bodies and futures. These evidence-based models have already contributed to the dramatic decline in unintended pregnancies, and it is unconscionable that the Trump-Pence administration would try to take away education and information that young people deserve. We have also had enough of state and federal lawmakers looking to the President and Vice President as examples when their priorities clearly do not reflect the needs of women, people of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, immigrants, survivors of sexual assault, or everyday families. So to the administration, members of Congress, and our state officials, take notice: Planned Parenthood will stand up and fight back with all we have against any attack on our patients or the thousands of people we serve through our education and outreach programs.”