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Publicly Funded Family Planning Services in the United States: Quick Stats and Facts

Quick Stats

• In 2012, there were 20 million American women aged 13–44 in need of publicly funded contraceptive services and supplies. [1]

• Just over one in four women (27%) who obtained contraceptive services in the United States in 2006-2010—including 44% of poor women who did so—received care at publicly funded safety net health centers. [3]

• In 2010, publicly funded family planning services from all sources helped women avoid 2.2 million unintended pregnancies, which would likely have resulted in about 1.1 million unintended births and 760,000 abortions.[2] In 2012, publicly funded family planning centers helped women avoid 1.5 million unintended pregnancies. [1]

• By enabling women to obtain the contraceptive services they want, every $1 invested in publicly funded family planning services saves $5.68 in Medicaid costs associated with unplanned births. [2]

• The services provided at safety net health centers resulted in an estimated net savings to the federal and state governments of $7.6 billion in 2010; services provided at Title X–supported centers accounted for $5.3 billion of that total. [2]

• In the absence of publicly funded family planning services from all sources in 2010, levels of unintended pregnancy would have been 66% higher among U.S. women overall and 70% higher among poor women. [2] Absent the services provided by publicly funded family planning centers in 2012, levels of unintended pregnancy would have been 44% higher. [1]

• Safety net health centers offer a broad range of contraceptive services, most often including oral contraceptives, the injectable and the male condom. [4]


Fact Sheets and Other Resources

Facts on Publicly Funded Contraceptive Services in the United States

State Facts About Title X and Family Planning

Report: Next Steps for America’s Family Planning Program: Leveraging the Potential of Medicaid and Title X in an Evolving Health Care System

State Policies in Brief: State Family Planning Funding Restrictions

State Policies in Brief: Medicaid Family Planning Eligibility Expansions

Report: The Social and Economic Benefits of Women’s Ability to Determine Whether and When to Have Children

Report: Medicaid Family Planning Expansions: Lessons Learned and Implications for the Future