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HHS Awards $1.5 Million in Funding to Anti-Choice Organizations

Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded approximately 1.5 million dollars in teen pregnancy prevention funding to three anti-choice organizations, Obria Group, the Women’s Care Center of Erie County, and Bethany Christian Services. All three groups are known to have a history of misrepresenting sexual health information, and two of the organizations receiving federal funding promote “medication abortion reversal” services, a practice that the American College of Obstreticians and Gynocolegists (ACOG) considers both “unproven and unethical.” Rachel Fey, the director of public policy at Power to Decide, said that “some of the organizations that received grants most recently…promote false and scientifically inaccurate statements on their websites about FDA-approved methods of birth control.” She cited both Obria and Women’s Care Center as examples. Mary Alice Carter (senior adviser to Equity Forward, a reproductive health care advocacy group,) said that Obria’s recent Title X grants and TPPP grants are an “antithesis to the program” as the administration is “funding an organization that doesn’t provide birth control.” Andrea Swartzendruber, an assistant professor at the University of Georgia’s College of Public Health, also raised concerns about groups like Obria receiving Title X funding. “I think it’s entirely and very concerning […]

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