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New Guttmacher Institute Report Finds Publicly Funded Family Planning Clinics Are Crucial Sources of Contraceptive Care for Millions of Women

Planned Parenthood More Likely Than All Other Providers to Offer a Broad Range of Birth Control Options
 
New York --- A new Guttmacher Institute study has found that publicly funded health centers that specialize in family planning services offer a wider range of contraceptive methods and are more likely to use protocols that help women quickly begin and stick with their birth control regimens.  The survey also found that Planned Parenthood health centers are significantly more likely than all other types of health centers to provide almost all methods of birth control.  In fact, 91 percent of Planned Parenthood health centers provide at least 10 of 13 highly effective, reversible contraceptive methods on-site, according to researchers.
 
Providing a range of options improves the likelihood that a woman will find a method that best suits her needs.  Studies have shown that women are more likely to maintain their contraceptive regimen when they are satisfied with their method of birth control.
 
“This study shows that millions of women rely on family planning providers, especially Planned Parenthood health centers, to get the birth control they need,” said Dr. Carolyn Westhoff, senior medical advisor for Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
 
“In these tough economic times, more women than ever need access to essential health care services,” added Westhoff.  “Politicians who want to end the nation’s family program, which five million people a year rely on for birth control and other basic health care, should read this study.  We need to expand access to family planning, not cut it.”
 
Publicly funded family planning services are a crucial lifeline for low-income women, providing them access to highly effective contraceptive methods that would otherwise be unaffordable and helping them to prevent unintended pregnancies.  Six in 10 women who access care from a family planning health center consider it to be their main source of health care, and Title X services help to prevent nearly one million unintended pregnancies each year, almost half of which would otherwise end in abortion.
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Published: 05.23.12

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