Tell Congress: Fund Family Planning Programs

Mother and Child

Scarcity or abundance? This question is being asked in Congress as they consider how they will spend our tax dollars. As faithful followers of Jesus, we must remind our elected officials that Jesus came so that all may have life in abundance. For this reason, we cannot accept that over 800 women die each day from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth.

The United States has been a leader in ensuring that women have access to contraceptives to delay or space pregnancies. United Methodists have declared through polity and deeds that “health care is a basic human right.” We support access to family planning because it allows men and women to determine how and when a woman becomes a mother, and how many children to have.

Today, 225 million women want - but cannot access - modern contraception to delay pregnancy. Cuts to family planning in U.S. health care budgets and foreign aid will increase the number of women and girls who will die in childbirth. Access to comprehensive family planning services means healthy mothers and healthy children.

Tell your Members of Congress to preserve access to and funding for family planning.

From the Affordable Care Act’s provision that birth control is an essential benefit covered at no cost by health insurance, to being the number one provider of contraceptives to women around the world, the United States has declared that no woman or girl should die as a result of pregnancy or childbirth.

Urge your Members of Congress to continue protecting the lives of women and girls.