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Proposed Changes to Title X: Implications for Women and Family Planning Providers

The Trump Administration has taken numerous steps to significantly alter the Title X program, the federal grant program that supports family planning services to low-income women. These actions would block the availability of federal funds to family planning providers like Planned Parenthood that also offer abortion services, curtail counseling and referrals to abortion services by Title X funded providers, and direct new funds to faith-based and other organizations that promote fertility awareness and abstinence as methods of family planning. This brief provides an overview of the Title X program, discusses the new 2018 funding announcement and related litigation, and reviews the Trump Administration’s proposed regulations and the implications of these changes.

The Mexico City Policy: An Explainer

This fact sheet provides an overview of the Mexico City Policy, which requires foreign non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to certify that they will not “perform or actively promote abortion as a method of family planning,” using funds from any source (including non-U.S. funds), as a condition for receiving U.S. government global family planning assistance and any other U.S. global health assistance.

Natural Family Planning as a Means of Preventing Pregnancy

Natural family planning has recently gained attention following the Trump Administration’s release of the 2018 Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for the federal Title X family planning program. The updated FOA emphasizes abstinence and natural family planning methods, a major departure from prior administrations that have prioritized counseling women about the most effective methods. This fact sheet provides an overview of Fertility Awareness Methods and their efficacy, reviews some of the new apps and natural family planning models, and discusses limitations as well as associated costs and insurance coverage of these methods.

UNFPA Funding & Kemp-Kasten: An Explainer

This fact sheet provides an overview of the history of the Kemp-Kasten amendment, which states that no U.S. funds may be made available to “any organization or program which, as determined by the president of the United States, supports or participates in the management of a program of coercive abortion or involuntary sterilization,” and examines its current application. Since enacted in 1985, Kemp-Kasten has often been used to withhold funding from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

The USG International Family Planning Landscape: Defining Approaches to Address Uncertainties in Funding and Programming – Discussion Summary

This brief summarizes a discussion held in January 2018 to discuss international family planning efforts in the context of funding and policy uncertainty. Convened by the Center for Global Development and the Kaiser Family Foundation, the discussion brought together a range of stakeholders including US government officials, other donors and international organizations, NGOs, and the private sector.

State and Federal Contraceptive Coverage Requirements: Implications for Women and Employers

Before the ACA was passed, many states had enacted contraceptive equity laws that required plans to treat contraceptives in the same way they covered other services. In addition, since the ACA was passed, a number of states have enacted laws that basically codify in state legislation the ACA benefit rules. This issue brief provides an update on the status of the continuing litigation on the federal contraceptive requirement and explains the interplay between the federal and state contraceptive coverage laws and the implications for employers and women.

New Survey Examines the Provision of Family Planning Services by Community Health Centers

A new national survey conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation and George Washington University finds few of the nation’s community health centers report they can handle a significant increase in patients. Less than one in five clinics report that they could increase their patient caseload by 25 percent or more in the next…

Community Health Centers and Family Planning in an Era of Policy Uncertainty

Community health centers play a major role in furnishing reproductive health care to women living in low-income and medically underserved communities. Along with independent freestanding family planning clinics including Planned Parenthood health centers (which also may receive Title X funding), and local public health agencies, community health centers are part of a publicly supported provider network that serve an estimated one in three low-income women. This report, an update of an earlier study conducted in 2011, presents the key findings of a national survey of community health centers and their role in the provision of family planning and related services to low-income women, men, and teens.

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