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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

A Lesson on the Importance of Title X Funding

President Bush recently vetoed the largest increase in Title X family planning funding in 35 years. The Labor HHS Education Appropriations Bill passed Congress by a wide margin and would have included a $310.9 million appropriation for Title X.

You may think that increased funding for family planning services is a no-brainer if we want to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies, but apparently there are still some folks out there who don't quite get it - our President, for one. Let's clear it up for him. In the name of enlightenment, let's take a minute to review the benefits and importance of the Title X program.

1. Title X prevents unintended pregnancies and the need for abortion.

According to the Guttmacher report from November of 2001, Title X has helped women prevent almost 20 million unintended pregnancies since 1980. Nine million of those 20 million pregnancies would have resulted in abortion.

2. Title X saves money.

Studies have shown that every public dollar spent providing family planning services saves an estimated three dollars that would otherwise be spent in Medicaid costs for pregnancy-related care and medical care for newborns.

3. Title X saves lives.

Title X funds provide preventive care and early detection of life threatening illnesses to millions of low-income and uninsured women who cannot otherwise afford it. For example research shows that providers funded by the program took an estimated 57.3 million Pap tests, resulting in the early detection of as many as 55,000 cases of cervical cancer over the course of two decades.

For more information, check out these sites:

Guttmacher Institute

Planned Parenthood Federation of America

Office of Population Affairs, Dept. of Health and Human Services

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