HHS Decision To Prematurely End Teen Pregnancy Program Funding Was ‘Arbitrary’ And ‘Capricious,’ Judge Rules
Judge John Coughenour in Washington state, a Reagan appointee, was the fourth federal judge to rule against the Trump administration move to prematurely cut off funding for programs aimed at reducing teen pregnancy.
The Associated Press:
Another Judge Blocks Feds From Ending Teen Pregnancy Grant
A federal judge in Seattle on Tuesday became the latest to block President Donald Trump's administration from prematurely cutting off funding for science-based programs aimed at reducing teen pregnancy. King County, which includes Seattle, sued after the Department of Health and Human Services decided to end funding two years early for what was supposed to be a five-year, $5 million grant through the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program. (5/29)
Fourth Federal Judge Blocks Trump's Cuts To Teen Pregnancy Prevention
Judge John Coughenour in Washington state ruled Tuesday afternoon that the administration unlawfully ended grants two years early for the King County Health Department in Seattle, which participated in the Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) Program. "This ruling is such a relief, as we are so close to the finish line for completing this study and building an evidence base for sex education nationwide," said Patty Hayes, director of public health for Seattle and King County. The ruling is significant as a class-action lawsuit filed by the remaining 72 grantees plays out in court. (Hellmann, 5/29)