Navigation Links
Family Planning Again Becomes Political Football
Date:1/27/2009

President Obama and Republican Actions Run Counter to Public Opinion

WASHINGTON, Jan. 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Political considerations threatened today to strip funding for family planning from President Obama's huge economic stimulus package, despite Obama's earlier pledges to support the programs and their high level of public approval.

A recent Lake Research Partners poll of voters, done for the Women Donors Network in early November 2008 around Election Day and after the current economic meltdown began, found that 72 percent of voters believed the federal government should provide funding for birth control for low-income women. Fully 86 percent thought couples should be able to have access to all birth control options, including emergency contraception, and that it is their decision whether to use birth control and it should be safe and available. Eighty percent believed that for women to achieve equality, they must have access to family planning services, including birth control and contraception. These strong findings were consistent throughout the Bush administration as well.

Additionally, the Guttmacher Institute, a nonprofit organization focused on sexual and reproductive health research and policy analysis, points out that Medicaid spending has long proven good for the economy. In its own study in 2007, the Congressional Budget Office found publicly funded family planning would save the federal government $200 million over five years by helping women avoid pregnancies that otherwise would lead to Medicaid-funded births.

Publicly funded clinics provided contraceptive services last year that helped women avoid 1.4 million unintended pregnancies that would have resulted in 640,000 unintended births and 600,000 abortions. Without these services, abortions would have risen by 49 percent, the Guttmacher Institute says in a statement.

Yet yesterday, Obama was reported to have asked Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA), who chairs the House committee with jurisdiction over Medicaid, to drop a provision that would enable states to provide family planning to low-income families without having to seek permission from the federal government. Other outlets said he was "distancing himself" from the provision as "not part of" his $825 billion stimulus plan.

Mary Jane Gallagher, president and CEO of the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association, released a statement noting "Americans are counting on the Obama Administration and every member of Congress to make family planning a priority. Ensuring access to health care is a critical part of the stimulus bill and an important provision that we cannot afford to discard."

President Obama's political move followed a weekend of a high-decibel focus by Republicans on the family planning funding as central to their opposition to the stimulus package. House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) said that family planning spending "doesn't stimulate the economy." Conservative columnists and bloggers picked up on the theme, some raising long-discredited arguments that higher birth rates can rescue an aging society.

"If the anti-contraception forces are able to use distortion and harness a frothing media to convince Obama to jettison such a pragmatic and common-sense solution, the next few years may be rockier than we thought," commented BirthControlWatch.org blogger Cristina Page. Other bloggers have added their voices to the turn of events on family planning funds, which have been posted on www.rhrealitycheck.org.

President Obama's apparent reversal on the stimulus package provisions today has dismayed many reproductive health activists who welcomed his action last week to rescind the Bush administration restrictions on family planning funding assistance to overseas groups and signaled his intention to re-fund UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, which the Bush administration had cut off.

Women's rights groups have been strong supporters of the stimulus package.

Visit www.PLANetWIRE.org for updated information.


'/>"/>
SOURCE PLANetWIRE.org
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. After Eight Years of Injustice, International Family Planning Funding is Restored
2. President Obama Gives the Unborn at Least a 24 Hour Reprieve, Postpones $441 Million Bailout of International Abortions, Says Family Research Council
3. Five Former USAID Officials Ask Obama for Leadership on Family Planning
4. Child and adolescent obesity: Family-based programs including behavior therapy can work
5. Family Docs Do Colonoscopies Safely
6. Most support Alzheimers research based on family consent
7. Access Family Services, Inc. Makes the List for the Second Year in a Row! Access Family Services 2008 Ranks No. 2851 on the Inc. 5000 With Three-Year Sales Growth of 128%
8. Access Family Services and Compass Adult Care Awarded Three Year Accreditation from CARF!
9. January/February 2009 Annals of Family Medicine tip sheet
10. FamilyLife Co-Founder and Author Dr. Dennis Rainey Challenges Metroplex Couples to Celebrate Healthy Marriages this Valentines Day
11. Almost Family to Present at 27th Annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:1/18/2017)... ... January 18, 2017 , ... During pregnancy, women are ... erosion, and those dental problems can increase the risk of pregnancy complications. Unfortunately, ... are failing to get the dental care they need. Agoura Hills dentist, Philip ...
(Date:1/17/2017)... ... January 17, 2017 , ... Gym Source, America’s leading retailer ... showroom at South Dixie Hwy in Miami, FL. , “We are elated to be ... new innovative in-store concept is designed to give clients a seamless and motivating shopping ...
(Date:1/17/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... January 17, 2017 , ... ... improved supplement, Healthful-Flex. , The company, owned and operated by Ed Stroup, ... at a reasonable price with the highest level of customer service. Healthful Balance ...
(Date:1/17/2017)... ... January 17, 2017 , ... Metro Development ... to infusing high speed technology into the fabric of an entire community. A ... of healthcare and wellness in a yet-to-be-named, health focused campus. Leading this initiative ...
(Date:1/17/2017)... ... January 17, 2017 , ... Peoples Health is pleased ... network on Dec. 1, 2016. Peoples Health, a Metairie-based Medicare Advantage company, serves ... exciting addition to our provider network, and the addition will benefit our members ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:1/18/2017)... 18, 2017 ML Capital ... to publish an online presentation tomorrow, January 19 ... forecast for 2017. Management reports that the forecast ... sales performance from its existing operations, and the ... into the Cannabis sector through a partnership ...
(Date:1/18/2017)... 2017  Astellas Pharma Inc. (President and CEO: ... its participation in Access Accelerated, a global, multi-stakeholder ... prevention, diagnostics and treatment in low-income and lower-middle ... companies and in collaboration with the World Bank ... (UICC), Astellas will work towards the United Nations ...
(Date:1/17/2017)... Jan. 17, 2017 North America Insulin Delivery ... report, "North America Insulin Delivery Market Outlook to 2022", ... Delivery market. The report provides value, in millions of ... within market segments - Insulin Pens, Insulin Pumps, Insulin ... also provides company shares and distribution shares data for ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: