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
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."
First Act would do the following:
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the budget of Title X to $700,000,000.
contraceptives coverage by health insurers that cover other forms of
and disseminate information on emergency contraception.
that rape survivors are provided with medically accurate information about
Medicaid coverage of contraception to any woman who meets the income
standards for pregnant women under Medicaid.
grants to states to conduct sex education programs that include
information about both abstinence and contraception
Reality Check Policy Watch: Prevention
Pro-Choice America summary of Prevention First
and Senate Versions of the Bill: