Prevention First Act

Brady Swenson

The Prevention First Act seeks to “to reduce unintended pregnancy, reduce abortions, and improve access to women’s health care.” The bill’s provisions aim to improve access to family planning and encourage the development of effective state-level sex education initiatives. Read more...

According
to the bill’s text, The Prevention First Act seeks to "to reduce unintended
pregnancy, reduce abortions, and improve access to women’s health care."
Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) and Representative Louise Slaughter (D-NY) first
introduced this bill in early 2007. It was reintroduced in the House and Senate
in January 2009 and is still pending. The bill’s provisions aim to improve
access to family planning and encourage the development of effective
state-level sex education initiatives. The guiding "common ground" theory is
this:

"Contraceptive
use can improve overall health by enabling women to plan and space their
pregnancies and has contributed to dramatic declines in maternal and infant
mortality. Widespread use of contraceptives has been the driving force in
reducing unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and
reducing the need for abortion in this Nation."

 

Prevention
First Act would do the following:

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  • Increase
    the budget of Title X to $700,000,000.
  • Mandate
    contraceptives coverage by health insurers that cover other forms of
    prescriptions.
  • Develop
    and disseminate information on emergency contraception.
  • Ensure
    that rape survivors are provided with medically accurate information about
    emergency contraception
  • Extend
    Medicaid coverage of contraception to any woman who meets the income
    standards for pregnant women under Medicaid.
  • Provide
    grants to states to conduct sex education programs that include
    information about both abstinence and contraception

 

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House
and Senate Versions of the Bill:

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