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Friday, December 28, 2012

Abortion opponents should be pro-contraception

Republicans Must Support Public Financing for Contraception

From the piece:

Making the party more appealing to women, however, should not — and need not — involve undermining the most basic Republican values. In the case of childbirth, the Republicans’ primary commitment is to the pro-life cause — and hence to reducing the number of abortions in the country. But abortion opponents should be pro-contraception, since making contraception as affordable and available as possible reduces the number of unwanted pregnancies and thus abortions.

In fact, historically, Republican lawmakers have voted to maintain or increase financing for the Title X Family Planning Program, which was enacted in 1970 under President Richard M. Nixon and currently provides about $300 million a year to state and local organizations for contraceptive care for low-income women. According to a 2009 Congressional Research Service report, Title X prevents almost a million unwanted pregnancies each year.

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