Local Governments Sue Trump for Defunding Teen Pregnancy Prevention

February 16, 2018 AT 10:10 AM

Local governments and health care groups sued the Trump administration on Thursday for cutting short a grant program designed to prevent teen pregnancies through 2020.

The Health and Human Services Department last year announced the Teen Pregnancy Prevention grants would end in 2018 instead, outraging 81 recipients and sparking the new lawsuits from nine of them.

“The Trump administration is attempting to unlawfully terminate a successful program to reduce teen pregnancy based on an ideologically driven crusade,” said Sean Sherman, an attorney for Public Citizen, a nonprofit that is representing four of the grantees in a complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

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