The Importance of PreventionPosted: July 30, 2013
A new study from the Guttmacher Institute reemphasizes the need for our nation to make smart investments in family planning services in order to save money and improve the outlook of millions of families.
The research finds that in 2010, publicly funded family planning services helped women prevent 2.2 million unintended pregnancies, translating into the prevention of 760,000 abortions. Without these important public services, national levels of unintended pregnancy, unplanned birth and abortion would be 66% higher among all women and 73% higher among teens.
Preventative family planning initiatives, such as Title X, not only reduce the number of unplanned pregnancies and abortions, but also prove to be a smart investment for our nation. These services, according to Guttmacher, yielded savings of $10.5 billion, or $5.68 for every $1 spent.
The newly released study is a reminder that if we truly want to reduce the number of abortions in our nation, we will not do so by cutting off access to safe and legal healthcare; we MUST turn our attention to prevention efforts. This is an area where we can all find common ground. Contraceptive services are an incredibly smart investment, both economically and socially, and we should all work towards making birth control more available to all American women, no matter their background or income. By focusing on preventative reproductive healthcare we can improve the lives of millions of citizens and dramatically reduce the need for an abortion debate.