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Obama’s budget includes family planning funding protested by Republicans during stimulus debate.

By Amanda Terkel on February 26, 2009 at 5:05 pm

"Obama’s budget includes family planning funding protested by Republicans during stimulus debate."

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To congressional Republicans, one of the most objectionable parts of an early version of the House’s economic recovery package was funding for family planning services. Conservatives cried that spending “hundreds of millions on contraceptives” wouldn’t stimulate the economy. (Even though it would.) President Obama agreed to drop the provision from the recovery package. However, he has reinserted it into his FY 2010 budget. On p. 127, there is a provision to “[e]xpand availability of family planning services under Medicaid,” which is estimated to save the government $190 million over 10 years. Here are statements from Planned Parenthood and NFPRHA.

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