By Theodore Bunker
President Donald Trump's administration has issued widespread funding cuts at short notice, including one to the Teen Pregnancy Prevention program.
"There was no communication about the reason. The notice of the award just stated that instead of a five-year grant, it is now a three year grant," Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen told The Hill.
The city's health department administered one of the TPP-funded initiatives with the aim of bringing down the teen birth rate, which is three times the national average. The program loses $3.5 million over two years without the grant, leaving 20,000 students without access to reproductive health education and related services.
"We don't have another way to fill this deficit. This will leave a huge hole in our ability to deliver health education," she added.
The health commissioners from 20 cities wrote to HHS secretary Tom Price in July, warning that these cuts "will not only reverse historic gains made in the U.S. in reducing teen pregnancy rates, but also make it difficult to truly understand what practices are most effective.