Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Stupid, stupid states
Every $1 a state spends on family planning services, from education to contraception, saves that state $3 on "pregnancy-related health care costs," according to the Guttmacher Institute. So what have they done?
At a time when policymakers have made reducing unintended pregnancies a national priority, 33 states have made it more difficult or more expensive for poor women and teenagers to obtain contraceptives and related medical services, according to an analysis released yesterday by the nonpartisan Guttmacher Institute.

From 1994 to 2001, many states cut funds for family planning, enacted laws restricting access to birth control and placed tight controls on sex education, said the institute, a privately funded research group that focuses on sexual health and family issues.

The statewide trends help explain why more than half of the 6 million pregnancies in the United States each year are unintended...
Once again, the American Taliban yields its influence to the detriment of the poor and the uneducated. Woohoo, values!

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