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Danielle, 24

I was lucky enough that my mom was able to set her political and religious beliefs aside in order to protect me from the many struggles that I would have faced caused by failed birth control.

Gina, VA

I hear all the time about the stereotype of what type of girl/woman have abortions. Sleeping around, not using birth control, etc. I am here to tell you that their wrong!

Family planning improves the health of women and children. When more women have access to family-planning services, they have safer pregnancies and healthier babies. The number of unintended pregnancies also drops.

The Challenge

Millions of women can't afford to see a doctor and don't get the family planning they need. The effects are dangerous for women's health:

  • Lack of access to family-planning services makes it even harder for women to have healthy pregnancies.
  • Women miss out on screenings for sexually transmitted diseases and breast and cervical cancer.
  • The need for abortion increases because more women face unintended pregnancy.

Many people lack access to family-planning services:

  • Low-income women and men who cannot afford health care don't get the family-planning services they need. 
  • Teens face more unintended pregnancies.

It's clear that women are harmed when they don't get the family-planning services they need. Unfortunately, anti-choice members of Congress refuse to take action. 

Our Solution

Our country must step up to the plate and make sure that women have access to family-planning services regardless of their income. Fortunately, the federal government helps pay for family-planning services to low-income people through a program called Title X (ten). However, Congress does not invest nearly enough money in this program.

Family-planning services include:

  • Counseling on birth-control methods and abstinence
  • Screening for sexually transmitted diseases
  • Breast and pelvic exams
  • Pap tests
  • Well-baby care


Laws About Family-Planning Services

Summary of State and Federal Laws

Low-Income Women's Access to Family Planning

32 states, as of October 2013, provided expanded access to Medicaid coverage for family-planning services: AL, AZ, AR, CA, CT, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, LA, MD, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NC, NH, NM, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, VA, WA, WI, WY.

  • 22 states provided this coverage through a waiver obtained from the federal government: AL, AZ, AR, DE, FL, GA, IL, IA, LA, MD, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NC, NY, OR, PA, RI, WA, WY.
  • 10 states provided this coverage through a SPA: CA, CT, IN, NH, NM, OH, OK, SC, VA, WI.



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