(CNN)A federal judge has ruled against the Department of Health of Human Services' decision to end a grant program aimed at curbing teen pregnancy — the fifth such ruling against the agency.
Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson of the US District Court for the District of Columbia on Friday decided in favor of the plaintiff in a class-action lawsuit against the agency.
The suit was filed in April by Healthy Futures of Texas, a nonprofit that aims to reduce teen and unplanned pregnancies, on behalf of itself and 61 other "similarly situated" organizations. All of the organizations had received five-year program grants from HHS's Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program, but were informed last summer that their funding would end two years early on June 30, 2018.
"With this decision, our youth now have the chance for better health, educational attainment and economic opportunities that will change their lives," Evelyn Delgado, the president and CEO of Healthy Futures of Texas, said in a statement.
"There's really no legal action left at the district court level," Sean Sherman, an attorney for Public Citizen Litigation Group who represented the plaintiffs in the class-action suit, told CNN. "All of the courts have now said unanimously that all of these terminations were unlawful."
HHS did not immediately reply to a CNN request for comment on the latest decision or on whether the agency plans to appeal any of the rulings.
CORRECTION: This story has been updated to reflect that Jackson's decision is the fifth such ruling against the agency and Jackson had made one of the previous rulings.