Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Contraceptives for the poor may be cut from Obama's stimulus plan


Nancy Pelosi's family planning provisions may be pulled from President Obama's $850 billion economic stimulus plan after Republicans and pro-family groups questioned if there would be any actual economic benefit.

According to the AP:

The provision has emerged as a point of contention among Republicans, who criticize it as an example of wasteful spending that would neither create jobs nor otherwise improve the economy.

Under the provision, states no longer would be required to obtain federal permission to offer family planning services - including contraceptives - under Medicaid, the health program for the low-income.

House Republicans seem to be leading the charge on this:

"How you can spend hundreds of millions of dollars on contraceptives how does that stimulate the economy?" House Republican Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio said on Friday after congressional leaders met with Obama at the White House. "You can go through a whole host of issues that have nothing to do with growing jobs in America and helping people keep their jobs."

To be honest, the idea of economic benefits of birth control is kind of growing on me. Just think how much better the economy would be if Pelosi's parents practiced contraception.

Just sayin'.

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