Playing Favorites with Family Planning

US women may lose access to certain birth control methods as the Trump administration plans to prioritize funding for abstinence-based programs and natural family planning.

Under Title X, a Nixon-era federal funding program, state and local health departments compete for family planning grants for services like birth control, STD testing and breast and cervical exams. The services, often provided by Planned Parenthood, are used primarily by low-income women, and prevented 822,300 unintended pregnancies in 2015 alone.

The announcement backs off of Obama-era guidelines stressing the need for all 18 FDA-approved contraception methods, but emphasizes the rhythm method.


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