Happening Now!Posted: September 20, 2016
#Campaign4CommonGround Back in Congress!
We are bringing the facts about our #Campaign4CommonGround top priority, funding for The Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (TPPP), to dozens of members of Congress.
Take a look below at some of the key TPPP facts. This program is perfectly in line with core Republican values of opportunity and support for American families. TPPP is socially AND fiscally responsible, providing opportunity for teens AND saving taxpayer dollars>
With the help of our members we were able to restore the funding levels in the Senate budget proposal but it has been zeroed out in the House proposal. This is where your voice and RMC’s work can make all the difference.
Thanks to your past support RMC is mobilized to fight for this important, evidence based, program.
If you have not already donated to RMC this year, now is the time! Programs like TPPP are being considered NOW. We need your help to keep the pressure on — Click here to make your donation today – thank you.
· 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.
· This equates to more than 600,000 teen pregnancies per year.
· 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.
However, there is good news to report –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 pregnancy prevention reduces public spending and abortion while improving economic competitiveness and the health and wellbeing of families.
· The estimated savings in 2010 alone due to the substantial decline in the teen birth rate between 1991 and 2010 was $12 billion.
· TPPP meets teens where they “are” with the information they need to succeed. The program ensures that 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.
· A new round of 81 grants awarded across the nation in FY 2015 are contingent on continued appropriations.
· These grants are expected to serve 1.2 million teens—twice as many as the first round of five-year grants—while focusing intensely on the most at-risk youth.
· Accordingly, the TPPP program is a sound investment. TPPP 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.