Research demonstrates that the publicly funded family planning effort benefits women, families and society by expanding contraceptive use, preventing unintended pregnancies, and improving maternal and child health. Additionally, family planning has important consequences for improving women’s self-sufficiency and their educational, social and economic outcomes.
- Access to contraception has contributed significantly to increases in the number of young women who obtained at least some college education;
- Effective contraceptive use can increase the amount of time women spend as part of the paid workforce, largely by improving women’s ability to delay and time childbearing to best fit with their education and early professional opportunities
- Access to contraception has significantly contributed to increasing women’s earning power and to decreasing the gender gap in pay
- Women receiving services from safety-net family planning centers commonly state they are using contraceptives because they cannot afford to take care of a baby at that time.
In spite of this, Louisiana is considering prohibiting healthcare providers that provide abortion care using private funds from receiving state family planning funding, Title X grant funding and Medicaid reimbursement.
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