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  1. Family Planning: The Policies and Politics Amy K. Brugh, MPH Healthy Generations Videoconference July 13, 2004 St. Paul, Minnesota

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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