Guest Column: The Case for Family Planning Funding

This session we have seen an all out assault on women's health driven by the erroneous assumption that family planning is synonymous with abortion.  This narrow construction ignores the comprehensive nature of family planning, which is central to women and children's health before, during and after pregnancy. Eliminating these services will have huge repercussions on the demand for (i.e., the cost of) state services, access to care and the number of unintended pregnancies.

Let’s be clear about what family planning actually means. According to the Department of State Health Services, the state’s family planning budget ...

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