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FIVE REASONS WHY IT IS IMPORTANT TO SUPPORT
FEDERALLY FUNDED FAMILY PLANNING

  1. Family Planning Prevents Unintended Pregnancy and the Need for Abortion
    While Americans overwhelmingly believe that abortion should be legal, most also would prefer that fewer occur. The nation's family planning effort dramatically reduces the need for abortion by enabling thousands of women each year to avoid an unintended pregnancy in the first place.
  2. Family Planning Saves Women's Lives
    Many of the low-income women served by federal family planning programs would otherwise go without potentially lifesaving exams - including clinical breast exams, pelvic exams, and pap tests.
  3. Family Planning Improves Public Health
    Family planning services provide confidential screening and treatment for sexually transmitted infections such as chlamydia, gonorrhea and HIV/AIDS. And studies show that pregnant women who visit federally funded family planning clinics are much more likely to obtain prenatal care, preventing the incidence of low birth weight babies.
  4. Family Planning Encourages Personal Responsibility
    Recently passed welfare legislation curtails public assistance to unmarried women in an effort to reach two goals; promoting marriage, and reducing the number of out-of-wedlock births. Federally funded family planning has a proven track record in assisting a large number of unmarried women to avoid unintended pregnancy.
  5. Family Planning Saves Taxpayers Money
    Federally funded family planning programs more than make up their cost to American taxpayers. Every $1 spent on family planning saves an estimated $4 Medicaid costs for pregnancy related and newborn care.

 

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