The U.S. House of Representatives recently voted to increase teen and unplanned pregnancy in the United States.
Yes, you read that right and it seems kind of odd to us given that half of all pregnancies in the United States are unplanned and that 3 in 10 girls get pregnant at least once by age 20.
Even more alarming: If some in Congress have their way, that rate just might go up.
At this critical moment, when we should be doing more to address teen and unplanned pregnancy, members of Congress have put the very programs designed to address these critical issues on the chopping block.
Many of our elected officials say they are making these tough choices in an attempt to control government spending.
But the reality is that the programs they are targeting -- like the Title X family planning program and the Office of Adolescent Health’s Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative -- actually go a long way toward alleviating the steep costs associated with teen and unplanned pregnancy. In short, these programs save money. Big time.
Take action today. Tell Congress not to increase teen and unplanned pregnancy. Urge your representatives in Congress to vote NO on cuts to Title X, the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative, and other programs that help women and strengthen families.
Specifically, the Title X family planning program and the Office of Adolescent Health's Teenage Pregnancy Prevention Initiative are important efforts in the fight to reduce teen and unplanned pregnancy rates. Both programs were slashed in the House version of the continuing resolution.
Right now, about half of all pregnancies in the United States are unplanned. Teen pregnancy is one of the most important challenges facing our country today, and these programs are making a difference in communities across the country.
Even when budgets are tight, it makes good fiscal sense to continue these essential programs. A study by The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy found that in 2004 alone, teen childbearing cost U.S. taxpayers at least $9.1 billion. The same study found that in a single year, publicly funded family planning services, including those subsidized by Title X, saved state and federal governments $4.3 billion.
Programs that work to reduce teen and unplanned pregnancy are working.
Don't increase the risk of unplanned pregnancy by defunding programs that help women and families.