This story from today’s Washington Post is what our #Campaign4CommonGround is all about – supporting programs that WORK!

WASHINGTON POST – April 28, 2016: Teen birth rate hits all-time low. This is “one of the greatest success stories of the past two decades.”

Last week RMC was back on Capitol Hill meeting with Congressional leaders who control the House and Senate budget process. A main focus of our discussions was the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (TPPP).

Our meetings are producing important new alliances and we’re doing everything we can to build our coalition but we cannot achieve our goals without help from grassroots supporters like you. 

Today’s Post story supports our assertion that TPPP is working because it can provide comprehensive information about the most effective forms of birth control and support the idea that not having or delaying sex is also a good choice.

Reducing teen and unplanned pregnancy not only saves billions in taxpayer dollars; it will reduce poverty, increase educational achievement and workforce competitiveness, and improve health and social outcomes for children, women and families.

Take a look below for some key facts on the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program. Then, consider donating to RMC by clicking hereAny level of support will help ensure our team can continue pushing GOP leadership to support vital programs like TPPP. 

Put your support where it makes a real difference — remember we are the only Republican pro-choice, pro-family organization talking directly to the GOP leaders who set the Congressional agenda. 

We have a lot of work ahead of us, but with your help, our momentum will continue.

Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (TPPP): We recommend restoring funding for the TPPP to $110 million—the level it started at in FY 2010. TPPP is currently funded at $101 million for FY 2016.

  • It is estimated that teen childbearing costs taxpayers at least $9.4 billion annually.
  • In the US, roughly one in four girls will become pregnant before the age of 20. 
  • 30% of teen girls who have dropped out of high school cite pregnancy/parenthood as a key reason.
  • Fewer than 2% of those who have a child before age 18 attain a college degree by age 30. 

Since TPPP and one other evidence-based program began in 2010, the U.S. teen birth rate has declined 29%, a drop twice as large as in any other four-year period. 

  • Investing in teen and unplanned pregnancy prevention reduces public spending and abortion while improving economic competitiveness and the health and wellbeing of families.
  • The estimated annual savings due to the substantial decline in the teen birth is $12 billion. 
  • TPPP meets teens where they are with the information they need to succeed.  The program ensures communities have the flexibility to choose an approach that reflects their needs and values.
  • Evidence-based models include those that focus on abstinence alone, abstinence and contraception, parent-child communication and/or youth development – programs just need to prove they work! 
  • TPPP is a sound investment and represents just .06% of the total LHHS appropriations for FY 2016. 
  • Further, evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention programs enjoy broad public approval: 83% of adults overall (92% of Democrats and 75% of Republicans) support TPPP.

 

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