BALTIMORE — Baltimore is joining a lawsuit against President Donald Trump’s administration for defunding programs that work to reduce teen pregnancy rates.
WBAL-TV reports the lawsuit accuses Valerie Huber , the Trump appointed chief of staff in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, of reducing grants for programs that don’t align with her pro-abstinence beliefs. Huber previously headed Ascend , an abstinence-only organization.
The lawsuit was filed last month by Healthy Teen Network, a Baltimore-based national nonprofit that lost funding. The Baltimore Sun reports the city’s health department was awarded an $8.5 million grant for a five-year sex education program. But the funding is getting cut off three years in, costing it $3.5 million. City Solicitor Hon. Andre Davis says Baltimore is joining to force the government to restore the $3.5 million.