Increase Access to Family Planning and Abortion Information and Services

Family planning information and services provide individuals with the tools necessary to time and plan pregnancies and prevent unintended pregnancies. In addition, these services are critical to ensuring women, men, and young people are able to access safe abortion services; protect against human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and sexually transmitted infections (STIs); access confidential testing and treatment for HIV and STIs; and access screening for cervical and breast cancer. Accessible family planning education and services are critical to guaranteeing the human right to self-determination.

Local Recommendations:

Family planning and abortion services that are of high quality, safe, and accessible ensure women have the ability to determine the timing and size of their families. Given the continually high rates of unintended pregnancy in the United States, access to these services is increasingly imperative to the health of urban communities. In addition to providing reproductive health services, family planning clinics also serve as many women’s primary source of medical care and provide screenings for breast and cervical cancer. Family planning services have fiscal benefits in addition to widespread improvements in the health of women, men, and youth. When unintended pregnancies do occur, it is critical that women have the right to choose and access abortion services. Communities rely on family planning services and need local advocates and policymakers to support and protect access.
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