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Publicly Funded Family Planning Services in the United States: Expert Statements

Guttmacher Expert Statements


Jennifer J. Frost
Senior Research Associate

PUBLIC INVESTMENT IN SERVICES REDUCES UNINTENDED PREGNANCIES AND ABORTIONS

“Each year, the services provided by publicly funded family planning centers annually prevent more than 2.2 million unintended pregnancies—and the unintended births and abortions that would have resulted from those pregnancies.”

PUBLICLY FUNDED SERVICES MEET A NEED

“In the absence of publicly funded family planning services, levels of unintended pregnancy would be 66% higher among U.S. women overall and 70% higher among poor women.”


Rachel Benson Gold
Director of Policy Analysis

FAMILY PLANNING CLINICS ADDRESS DISPARITIES

“By providing women with access to contraceptives and counseling, regardless of their ability to pay, family planning clinics can begin to address the persistent inequalities in unintended pregnancy and abortion rates among low-income women.”

FAMILY PLANNING CENTERS AN ENTRY POINT INTO HEALTH CARE SYSTEM

“The thousands of family planning centers around the country that receive Title X funding remain the primary entry point into the health care system for large numbers of young and low-income women. Some lawmakers may have doubts about the value of Title X, but women do not.”

FAMILY PLANNING CENTERS PREVENT UNINTENDED PREGNANCY

“Publicly funded family planning centers play a critical role in helping many women avoid unintended pregnancy. Each year, these centers serve millions of women; however, without critical public funds, many of these services would not be available.”

INVESTING IN PUBLICLY FUNDED FAMILY PLANNING

“Considering that nearly half of all pregnancies in the United States are unintended, and that the majority of the resulting births will be publicly funded under programs like Medicaid, we simply can’t afford not to invest in publicly funded family planning.”

Susan Cohen

Susan Cohen
Director of Government Affairs

PUBLICLY FUNDED SERVICES ARE HIGHLY COST-EFFECTIVE

“Every dollar spent on publicly funded family planning services saves taxpayers almost $5.68 in Medicaid costs —it’s a common-sense investment in basic health care for low-income American women.”

CUTS TO FAMILY PLANNING ARE SHORTSIGHTED

“Given that unintended pregnancy costs U.S. taxpayers roughly $11 billion each year, moves to cut family planning services are shortsighted, at best.”

LOW-COST SERVICES IMPROVE HEALTH FOR WOMEN IN NEED

“Ensuring that affordable family planning services are readily available to all women who need them can significally improve the health and well-being of women and their families.”

Adam Sonfield

Adam Sonfield
Senior Public Policy Associate

FAMILY PLANNING PROGRAMS SUPPORT FEDERAL GOVERNMENT’S COMMITMENT

“Whether driven by fiscal constraints or ideology, cuts to family planning programs run counter to a major national priority: reducing unintended pregnancy. Helping women prevent unintended pregnancy has long been a goal for the federal government.”

THE MANY BENEFITS OF EXPANDING ELIGIBILITY

"Expanding eligibility for contraceptive services under Medicaid has enabled many more women to access the services they want and need, reduced the toll on federal and state taxpayers and has resulted in innovative outreach and enrollment practices that can serve as models for implementing other health legislation."