Monday, December 10, 2012

At The Nation: "Whoever says that contraception and abortion aren’t economic issues should take a second look."

Although more mouths to feed surely implies higher profits from fast food, and now that we'll all have health insurance ... well, you know.

Dear Conservatives: Your Opposition to Family Planning Comes with a Huge Price Tag, by Bryce Covert (The Nation)

... So conservative lawmakers across the country will now be faced with a choice: save the babies or save the budget. Because it’s clear that you can’t do both. Organizations that provide contraception – and, it must be said, abortions – not only do great service to the women who need to control their fertility and their lives. They do great service to taxpayers. By giving women access to contraception, publicly funded family planning organizations save us $3.74 for every dollar we spend in avoided Medicaid costs associated with unplanned births. Their services saved federal and state governments $5.1 billion in 2008.

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