With ACA, Number of Women In Need of Family Planning Services Up by One Million

A new study, headed by Dr. Jennifer Frost, and released by the Guttmacher Institute, points to a decrease in the number of uninsured Americans as the main reason for the increase.

For the purposes of the study, women in need were classified as sexually active and able to conceive but not trying to become pregnant. The study also considered women who were adults with a family income level below 250% of the federal poverty level or under 20 years old.

The implementation of coverage expansions in 2014 through the ACA led directly to a significant decrease in the proportion of reproductive age women that were uninsured. The study also showed that the number of women who needed publicly funded family planning services that were not covered by insurance (public or private) decreased by nearly 20% between 2013 and 2014.

This report shows the critical nature of the role played by the federal Title X- funded family planning program. In 2014, Title X- funded clinics helped women in the US prevent over 900,000 unintended pregnancies, over 400,000 unplanned births and over 300,000 abortions.

Had these services not been available, the rates of unintended pregnancies, unplanned births and abortions would have been 33% higher.

To read the study in its entirety, please click here.