About half of all pregnancies in the United States each year—more than three million—are unintended
The Title X program is the only Federal program devoted solely to the provision of family planning and reproductive health care. The program is designed to provide access to contraceptive supplies and information to all who want and need them with priority given to low-income persons. A broad range of effective and acceptable family planning methods and services are available on a voluntary and confidential basis. In addition to contraceptive services and related counseling, Title X supported clinics also provide a number of preventive health services such as: patient education and counseling; breast and pelvic examinations; cervical cancer screening, STD and HIV screenings; and pregnancy diagnosis and counseling. For many clients, Title X clinics provide the only continuing source of health care and health education.
According to the Guttmacher Institute (www.guttmacher.org) publicly funded family planning services play a crucial role in improving maternal and child health, helping women and couples achieve their childbearing goals and economic security for themselves and their children. These efforts save almost $4 for every $1 invested and help avert almost two million unintended pregnancies per year, which would otherwise have resulted in 860,000 unintended births and 810,000 abortions (Guttmacher, March 19, 2012).
For more information about the Title X Family Planning Program please go to the US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Family Planning (http://www.hhs.gov/opa/).