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Federal Court Rules in Favor of Teen Pregnancy Prevention Funding

Thursday, April 19, 2018

April 19, 2018, Columbia, SC—The South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy (SC Campaign) is pleased to announce that federal Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program funds for its Tier 1A (Accelerating Progress) and Tier 1B (Expanding the Reach) projects remain intact. In July 2017, the SC Campaign was notified that the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) had decided to unilaterally terminate all Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (TPPP) grant funds nationwide.

The SC Campaign filed suit in federal court in the District of Columbia to challenge this termination, and today’s court ruling rejected the government’s grounds for termination as illegal. This ruling confirms that HHS must administer the TPPP grant funds in accordance with the agency’s own regulations, and will allow the SC Campaign’s Tier 1A and Tier 1B projects to continue, pending appeal.

Tier 1A serves youth in foster care and the juvenile justice system of South Carolina, two of the highest risk populations for teen pregnancy. Tier 1B brings evidence based sexual health programs to scale in every school district and other community settings in Aiken, Anderson, and Orangeburg counties.

E.A. “Beth” De Santis, the SC Campaign CEO, had this to share: “We remain committed to serving youth and families in South Carolina, and are very happy that the court ruled in our favor. This ruling will allow us to continue the great work in communities around the state.”