Legislators in Olympia are now in a special legislative session, trying to balance the budget. Helped by three Democrats, Senate Republicans proposed a budget which suggests cutting 93 percent of family planning funding.
Knowing that every dollar spent on family planning services like birth control saves the state $4.10 in maternity costs from unintended pregnancies, where do these legislators think they will find the money they’ll need nine months from now to pay for maternity care? Cutting family planning doesn’t save money; what we “save” from any family planning cut, we pay four times over within nine months.
Legislators need to reject regressive budget cuts that don’t make economic sense and that hurt poor women disproportionally by making contraception harder to get. It is time to reaffirm that Washington state cares for women and families by funding family planning.