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Family Planning: The Policies and Politics Amy K. Brugh, MPH Healthy Generations Videoconference July 13, 2004 St. Paul, Minnesota Family Planning Policy History of Family Planning Policy Initially designed to reduce family size and rates of poverty FDA approval of birth control pills

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Family Planning: The Policies and Politics

Amy K. Brugh, MPH

Healthy Generations Videoconference

July 13, 2004

St. Paul, Minnesota


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Family Planning Policy

  • History of Family Planning Policy

    • Initially designed to reduce family size and rates of poverty

    • FDA approval of birth control pills

    • U.S. Supreme Court decisions

    • Title X

    • State programs such as FPSP


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Family Planning Policy

  • Current Family Planning Policy

    • Title X funded at $278 million

    • FPSP funded at $3+ million

    • Services include family planning and other basic health care

    • Family planning funding does not include abortion services


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Family Planning Politics

  • Public Perception vs. Policy

    • Polling shows that general public overwhelmingly supports family planning

    • Constituents are not well educated on actions of elected officials and appointed policy makers


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Family Planning Politics

  • Politics of Family Planning Funding

    • Success of Family Planning programs

    • Stagnant or decreased funding despite program success

    • Funding of Abstinence-only until marriage sex ed programs


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Family Planning Politics

  • Politics of related Family Planning Issues

    • Global “gag rule” and proposed domestic “gag rule” restrictions

    • Emergency Contraception over the counter access

    • Minors’ access to birth control and STI services


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Future of Family Planning

  • Policy must follow public health

    • Unmet need must be addressed

    • New immigrants need access to services

    • Rising cost of general health care

    • Integrity of family planning system in jeopardy


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Stand Up for Family Planning!

  • Stay informed and take action

    • www.epi.umn.edu/mch

    • www.ppmsd.org

    • www.plannedparenthood.org

    • www.agi-usa.org

    • www.arhp.org

    • www.leg.state.mn.us


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