Republican Majority for Choice Statement on House Committee Proposed Budget

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Republican Majority for Choice Rejects Misguided Budget Proposal

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Mallory Schwarz
202-629-1300

WASHINGTON, DC (June 18, 2015) –Yesterday the House Appropriations Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Subcommittee approved a fiscal year 2016 spending proposal that contains misguided and fiscally irresponsible measures including cuts to family planning initiatives that save billions in long term spending. Republican Majority for Choice urges House Republicans to put facts before ideological grandstanding and reject this proposal.

This FY2016 spending proposal entirely eliminates both the Title X Family Planning Program and the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (TPPP) and creates a new abstinence until marriage program deceptively called “sexual risk avoidance.”

“The Republicans pushing these cuts need to remember they are members of Congress whose job is to put our nation’s fiscal house in order,” said RMC National Co-Chair Candace Straight. “Title X is the only federally funded family planning program and it prevents 1.1 million unintended pregnancies a year, saving Americans nearly $7 billion each year in related costs.  Title X prevents nearly 400,000 abortions each year. These ideologues are leading us down the wrong path toward increases in teen pregnancy, unintended pregnancy and abortion. This is about as UN-Republican as it gets!”

RMC applauded the recent efforts to make contraceptives available over-the-counter, but that measure is not a replacement for Title X. OTC contraception will provide easier access for many women, but the GOP must not ignore the fact that the greatest barrier for low-income women is the high cost of the most effective forms of birth control. The socially and fiscally responsible option is to ensure access to proven effective preventive care regardless of income level – and that is what Title X does.

“Why do Congressional leaders continue to ignore the facts?” asked RMC National Co-Chair Susan Bevan. “Available contraception and age-appropriate sex education delay sexual activity among teens and prevent unintended and teen pregnancy. Half of all births in the U.S. are paid for by Medicaid. With many of these pregnancies being unintended, the socially and fiscally responsible thing to do is broaden education for teens and access to contraceptives for all women. If the GOP-led Congress wants to be the guard of taxpayers dollars they can’t ignore the numbers; publicly-funded contraceptives costs $239, but one Medicaid-covered birth costs $12,770— nearly fifty times more.”

RMC’s main priority is protecting critical family planning funding. It is time for real Republicans to put facts before moral grandstanding. Pregnancy prevention programs are exactly the kind of fiscally conservative, family-first policies that Republicans should take the lead on. We encourage members of the House and Senate to protect these cost-effective preventive health programs.

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Republican Majority for Choice
www.gopchoice.org * 202-629-1300
1900 L Street, NW, Suite 614, Washington, DC 20036

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