Republican Senators Kirk and Collins Fight for Critical Family Planning Programs

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Republican Senators Kirk and Collins Fight for Critical Family Planning Programs

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

WASHINGTON, DC (June 26, 2015) – Republican Majority for Choice has condemned the recent efforts by members of both Houses to make devastating cuts to critical family planning and teen pregnancy prevention programs. Today, we applaud Republican Senators Mark Kirk (IL) and Susan Collins (ME) for sponsoring, and Senators Lisa Murkowski (AK) and Lamar Alexander (TN) for voting in favor of, an amendment to the FY2016 Labor-HHS appropriations funding bill that would have restored funding to the Title X family planning program.

While the amendment was not ultimately successful, we are grateful for the Senators’ willingness to put solutions and facts first. Previous cuts to Title X resulted in over 600,000 individuals losing access to preventive health care from 2010 to 2013. The Kirk-Collins amendment would have restored the proposed 10% cut – $28.7 million, returning the budget to FY2015 levels.

“It is outrageous that Republican leaders can claim to care about the bottom line and then blatantly disregard the cost-savings of these proven programs,” said RMC National Co-Chair Susan Bevan. “Forty eight percent 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 access to contraceptives for all women. Publicly-funded contraceptives, as provided by Title X, cost $239 annually, but one Medicaid-covered birth costs $12,770— nearly fifty times more.”

“Senators Kirk and Collins exemplified the real GOP value of fiscal responsibility,” 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. Cuts to these programs will lead us down the wrong path toward increases in teen pregnancy, unintended pregnancy and abortion. This is about as UN-Republican as it gets!”

Family planning and teen pregnancy prevention programs are still at risk. The FY2016 budget proposal also included a devastating 80% cut to the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (TPPP), an evidence- based program that has proven to change teen behavior and delay first intercourse. These cuts are misguided and fiscally irresponsible and will harm programs that save billions in long term spending.

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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