The Federal Government is reportedly cutting grant money to programs that help prevent teen pregnancy in Arizona and across the country. Now, many people around the U.S. are asking why.
Dozens of teen pregnancy prevention programs deemed ineffective by President Donald Trump's administration will lose more than $200 million in funding, following a surprise decision to end five-year grants after only three years.
The administration's assessment is in sharp contrast with that of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, which credited the program with contributing to an all-time low rate of teen pregnancies.
A Health and Human Services spokesman said late Tuesday that an evaluation of the first round of grants released last fall found only four of 37 programs studied showed lasting positive impacts. Most of the other programs had no effect or were harmful, the department said, including three that it said increased the likelihood that teens would have unprotected sex and become pregnant.
The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists urged the administration "not to turn back the clock" on progress.
FOX 10's Courtney Griffin reports.
The Associated Press (AP) contributed to this report