Medicaid Family Planning and the Stimulus Package

capcritlogo150When the $787 billion stimulus bill was passed by US Congress, funding for family planning was notably missing from the package. Information and services to ensure that women can freely decide when, if, and how many children to have – all vital to attaining a healthy and economically productive life – was stripped from the stimulus package at the request of President Obama. Insufficient attention was paid to articulating the clear linkages between access to these services and economic growth. These woefully under-funded services must be supported with increased resources so that the most vulnerable women and their families do not continue to suffer the consequences.

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