Impact of Publicly Funded Family Planning Clinics (2008)

Public funding for family planning services, such as access to contraceptives, screening for breast and cervical cancers, and testing for STDs, for low-income women is shown to save public dollars in the long haul. Through a cost-benefit analysis, it was determined that for everyone $1 spent in public funding, $4.02 is saved by providing access to care.

  • [It was] estimate[d] that of the total 1.4 million unintended pregnancies averted by publicly funded clinics in 2004, about 290,000 would have occurred among teenagers, and just over 1 million would have been to unmarried women or to women under 200% of the federal poverty level.” (Frost et al., 2008, p. 789)
  • “In 2004, women who received care from family planning clinics were able to avoid over 1.4 million unplanned pregnancies. These women were thus spared from having to make difficult decisions regarding whether to have an unplanned birth or to terminate the pregnancy through abortion.” (Frost et al., 2008, p. 793)

Citation: Frost, J.J., Finer, L.B., & Tapales, A. (2008). The impact of publicly funded family planning clinic services on unintended pregnancies and government cost savings. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. Vol. 19, Issue 3. p. 778-796

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