Planned Parenthood Welcomes Biden Commitment to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Looks forward to Full Fiscal Year 2024 Budget
For Immediate Release: March 9, 2023
The budget includes $512 million for the Title X program and at least $657.5 million for international family planning and reproductive health programs.
The Biden-Harris administration also reiterated support for abortion rights and access, highlighting its two executive orders and a presidential memorandum.
WASHINGTON — Today, the Biden-Harris administration released toplines of its proposed budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2024, which reaffirms its support for sexual and reproductive health care. The release reiterates the Biden-Harris administration’s commitment to addressing the abortion crisis, and includes $512 million for the Title X program, 79% more than it received in 2023, and modest increases for global programs – with $600 million for bilateral family planning and reproductive health and $57.5 million for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
Planned Parenthood will look for continued support for sexual and reproductive health and rights in the administration's full budget. That includes continuing to strike the Hyde Amendment, as well as striking related discriminatory abortion restrictions, including the Weldon Amendment in the Labor-HHS budget bill and the harmful Helms Amendment, which restricts the use of U.S. foreign aid for abortion.
Statement from Alexis McGill Johnson, president and CEO, Planned Parenthood Federation of America:
“Amid the abortion access crisis, we need our budgets to reflect our values and support sexual and reproductive health care. While we await more details, President Biden’s proposed budget is an encouraging sign of the Biden-Harris administration's continued support. We welcome much-needed increases to Title X and international family planning programs. The administration must continue to push to end the Hyde Amendment, and work with Congress to eliminate the Helms, and Weldon amendments, permanently end the global gag rule, as well as the repeal of all budgetary abortion bans and restrictions for federal employees and their families.
“We look forward to working with the administration and champions in Congress to meet the demand for sexual and reproductive health care services and fully fund these critical priorities. Together we can support the needs of our patients, providers, and domestic and global communities during this challenging health care crisis and beyond.”
Other notable takeaways from the budget include a proposal to close the Medicaid coverage gap by providing Medicaid-like coverage to people in states that have not adopted Medicaid expansion, paired with financial incentives to ensure states with existing expansions maintain them. Eleven states have not expanded Medicaid, and if they were to do so, over 800,000 women of reproductive age, who are disproportionately Black and women of color, would gain affordable health coverage and access to services like birth control, STI testing and treatment, and annual cancer screenings. Additionally, the budget proposes a $125 million increase for the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program as well as the Ending the HIV Epidemic Initiative — plus an additional $153 million for the CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/Tuberculosis program.
Planned Parenthood is the nation’s leading provider and advocate of high-quality, affordable sexual and reproductive health care for all people, as well as the nation’s largest provider of sex education. With more than 600 health centers across the country, Planned Parenthood organizations serve all patients with care and compassion, with respect, and without judgment, striving to create equitable access to health care. Through health centers, programs in schools and communities, and online resources, Planned Parenthood is a trusted source of reliable education and information that allows people to make informed health decisions. We do all this because we care passionately about helping people lead healthier lives. Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that supports the independently incorporated Planned Parenthood affiliates operating health centers across the U.S.