public health & family planning

According to the latest report from the Guttmacher Institute, publicly funded family planning services prevent 1.94 million unintended pregnancies and 810,000 abortions each year. They are also “… highly cost-effective. More than nine in 10 women receiving them would be eligible for Medicaid-funded prenatal, delivery and postpartum care services if they became pregnant. Avoiding the significant costs associated with these unintended births saves taxpayers $4 for every $1 spent on family planning.”

They save money and they reduce the number of women who seek abortions. Somehow, that sounds like a no-brainer to me. Plus, it’s much more effective than trying to convince people to not have sex.

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