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West and Northern Michigan

Legislative Agenda

Family Planning Services

State and federally funded family planning programs provide affordable reproductive health services to hundreds of thousands of Michigan residents every year. These programs help people plan their families, avoid unintended pregnancies, prevent disease, and make responsible, informed decisions about their sexual health. Government reimbursements to clinics that provide publicly funded family planning services are far below the actual cost of providing care. It's vitally important that elected officials support increased funding for prevention programs.

  • Every $1 spent on publicly provided family planning services actually saves U.S. taxpayers $7.09 — money that would have been spent on other social services which were avoided due to planning and prevention.
  • Publicly funded programs allow low-income women to choose highly effective birth control methods.

Comprehensive Sexuality Education

Comprehensive sexuality education is responsible, age-appropriate, and medically accurate instruction that emphasizes the benefits of abstinence, while also teaching about contraception, disease prevention, and a variety of other topics, such as decision making, relationships, communication, critical thinking, and self-esteem. Research shows that teens who receive education that includes discussion of contraception are more likely than those who receive abstinence-only messages to delay sexual activity, to use contraceptives when they do become sexually active, and to have fewer partners.

  • 34 percent of girls in the U.S. get pregnant at least once by the age of 20.
  • The teen pregnancy rate in the United States is twice that in Canada, England, France and Sweden, and ten times that in the Netherlands. European countries provide young people with greater access to contraception and information.

Emergency Contraception Access and Education

Emergency contraception is birth control that prevents pregnancy in case of unprotected sex. When taken within 120 hours, it can reduce the risk of unintended pregnancy by as much as 95 percent. The sooner it's taken, the more effective it is. (Note: a woman's size may have an impact on the effectiveness of emergency contraception. Click here to learn more.)

Nine out of ten women of reproductive age in the United States don't know about EC or its benefits, and only one in five doctors regularly discuss it with their patients.

  • EC could prevent an estimated 1.7 million unintended pregnancies and 800,000 abortions in the U.S. every year.
  • Millions of women around the world have used EC safely and effectively.

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Legislative Agenda