House Subcommittee targets critical family planning programs for cutsPosted: June 17, 2015
Today the House Appropriations Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Subcommittee passed its draft FY 2016 spending bill, eliminating both the Title X Family Planning Program and the proven-effective Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (TPPP).
Title X is the only federally funded family planning program and is essential to providing fundamental reproductive and preventive health care to nearly 5 million individuals every year. It is estimated that Title X prevents 1.1 million unintended pregnancies and nearly 400,000 abortions each year. The loss of these preventive health services would be devastating to American families across the country.
The Subcommittee draft absurdly claims that cutting all funding to family planning is “saving taxpayers nearly $300 million.” But we know the real cost-savings comes from investment in family planning. One year of publicly-funded contraceptives costs $239, but one Medicaid-covered birth costs $12,770— nearly fifty times more!
This is the kind of fiscally conservative, family-first policy that Republicans could take the lead on. We have been on the Hill every week talking with pro- and anti- choice Republicans about the importance of protecting family planning and teen pregnancy prevention programs, and we are gaining ground, but NOW is the time to double our efforts and ensure our elected leaders do the right thing.