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January 26th, 2009
11:15 PM ET

GOP won't rubber stamp contraceptive funding

Ed Henry
CNN Senior White House Correspondent

House Democratic leaders are planning to remove from the economic stimulus plan a much-lampooned $200 million provision that would have provided contraceptives to low-income families, according to a senior administration official and a Democratic official on Capitol Hill.

The officials said the move is aimed at trying to win bipartisan support for the bill amid Republican charges that is full of wasteful provisions that will not stimulate the economy.

The provision also would have allowed states to no longer seek permission from the federal government to provide family planning services for Medicaid recipients.

The contraceptive provision was initially included because studies have suggested that subsidizing contraceptives would directly reduce the poverty rate by reducing the number of children born out of wedlock.


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soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Mary V., Salt Lake City, UT

    NO....... actually, Cindy in Georgia, NOT everyone can get contraceptives in their "county's health department"....... not women in third world nations, not women in inner-cities. What is needed is funding for education and contraceptives. The Bush/Cheney administration, emphasized ......abstinence...... which does not work. They GOP cut funding for clinics and for charities that dealt in birth control counseling, because they are against abortion!

    That's very hypocritical and stupid, since IF the women do not have contraceptives they will become pregnant, and they can always find some "back alley" quack to do the abortion. The answer to Aids, unwanted pregnancies, STDs, is ........education and prevention, for that these agencies need....... money!

    January 27, 2009 at 10:23 am |
  2. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Actually I'd go one further. Pay people on welfare to get 'fixed'. It's a whole lot more reliable than contraceptives and permanent.

    January 27, 2009 at 9:23 am |
  3. Cindy

    Anyone can get contraceptives for free at their county's health department right now. In fact you can go to the doctor, get meds and all. There are children born out of wedlock because people don't care and don't take responsibility of their own lives! This bill wouldn't help that problem. So Kudos to the Reps for not wasting our money! Why spend that much money on something that already exists? If people don't go and take advantage of that then that is their own fault.

    Cindy...Ga.

    January 27, 2009 at 9:18 am |
  4. Annie Kate

    Let's see – it doesn't create jobs. It only helps create more children who will grow up and need a job; it helps perpetuate poverty in families who have more children than they can afford; and it continues the overpopulation trend that is sapping our planet of the natural resources we all need. Isn't it less expensive to fund contraceptives than to pay for abortions for poor women; pay for food stamps and Medicaid for poor children; pay for what education these babies will get, etc. Do the GOP congressional members know how to think long term?? This might be one issue they would want to try it on.

    January 27, 2009 at 8:49 am |
  5. Lisa VIC Australia

    How can Republicans think that is not going to stimulate the economy?

    If low income families are not spending money on contraception, then they will be spending their money on something else, say a car, petrol or other local industry.

    Just proves how little they understand low-income and people they are supposed to represent. More money in low-income pockets is more money in circulation. More money in banks and autocompanies is just more money siphoned into executive paychecks and secret stashes. Oh that's right Republicans.

    January 27, 2009 at 2:02 am |
  6. sherry, northern Calif.

    Republicans do not support welfare or education by rejecting this idea. They want more babies? They do not support major welfare bills for the majority of these un-wanted babies. These babies are born to drug addicts and women who make a living off the welfare system! So why? What is their real reason? Just to be opposed? Hand it out like candy and get them on the pill! Cut the welfare rolls and save unwanted lives.

    January 27, 2009 at 12:12 am |
  7. deb in az

    we are broke and we have to give money to other countries for this? this must be some sort of a joke. then you have this nut nancy p trying to explain the joke..... they should all be fired for trying to pass this rubbish on the american people..... the banks should all be cut off now.... if they can afford a new plane at our expense they couldnt have been in too much trouble..

    January 27, 2009 at 12:09 am |
  8. tina_washington

    Democrats - Please save the money in saving "live' people who are starving, losing homes and not have food to eat instead of wasting money on contraceptive planning. Anyone who involves in sex and conception should be accountable of their own deeds and not put the fault on American public.

    January 26, 2009 at 11:32 pm |
  9. Julia Kahrl

    Poor women should be helped to have access to contraception whether the women are married or not. It is not a matter of abortion or not; it is a matter of whether women can support another child, and whether the father of the child, married or not, is able to take the responsibility for his offspring. This is not a political issue.

    January 26, 2009 at 11:20 pm |