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

Quick Stats

• In 2013, 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. [2]

• In 2013, publicly funded family planning services from all sources helped women avoid 2 million unintended pregnancies, which would likely have resulted in about 1 million unintended births and nearly 700,000 abortions. Title X-funded clinics accounted for about half of this benefit, helping to avert 1 million unintended pregnancies, which would have resulted in 501,000 unplanned births and 345,000 abortions. [1]

• In the absence of publicly funded family planning services from all sources in 2013, levels of unintended pregnancy, unplanned birth and abortion would have been 60% higher among U.S. women. Title X clinics were responsible for half of this impact. Without their services, the unintended pregnancy rate would have been 30% higher. [1]

• Contraceptive services provided in 2010 during publicly supported family planning visits prevented approximately 288,000 unplanned births that would have been spaced more closely than is medically recommended and 164,000 unplanned births that would have been preterm, low birth weight or both. [3]

• STI testing provided during publicly supported family planning visits in 2010 averted an estimated 99,000 cases of chlamydia, 16,000 cases of gonorrhea, 410 cases of HIV, 1,100 ectopic pregnancies and 2,200 cases of infertility. Services provided at Title X–supported centers accounted for 53,000 averted chlamydia infections and 8,800 gonorrhea infections. [3]

• In 2010, services provided as part of a publicly funded family planning visit related to cervical cancer prevention, including Pap and HPV testing and the HPV vaccine, prevented 3,700 cases of cervical cancer and 2,100 cervical cancer deaths. Services provided at Title X–supported centers accounted for 1,900 cases of cervical cancer and 1,100 cervical cancer deaths averted. [3]

• The services provided at publicly funded family planning visits in 2010 resulted in a net savings to the federal and state governments of $13.6 billion. The services provided at Title X–supported centers alone accounted for $7.0 billion of that total. [3]

• By enabling women to obtain the contraceptive services they want, every $1 invested in publicly funded family planning services saved $7.09 in Medicaid costs and other public expenditures that otherwise would have been needed. [3]

REFERENCES

Fact Sheets and Other Resources

National fact sheet: Publicly Funded Family Planning Services in the United States

State Facts on Publicly Funded Family Planning Services

Report: Moving Forward: Family Planning in the Era of Health Reform

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