PRESIDENT’S FISCAL YEAR 2023 BUDGET WOULD INCREASE ACCESS TO CRITICAL REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH CARE, SERVICES AND INFORMATION TO ALL
(Washington, D.C.) — President Biden issued his 2023 Fiscal Year budget request, which proposes:
- Removing the harmful Hyde Amendment, a policy that blocks insurance coverage of abortion for people enrolled in Medicaid.
- Increasing funding for the Title X family planning program from its current level of $286.5 million to $400 million.
- Increasing funding for the TPP Program from its current level of $101 million to $111 million.
- Omitting funding for discretionary Sexual Risk Avoidance (also known as abstinence only until marriage) program.
The following statement can be attributed to Power to Decide CEO Dr. Raegan McDonald-Mosley, MD, MPH:
“We’re grateful to the Biden-Harris administration for releasing a budget request that prioritizes funding for family planning and sexual health information that all people need. We are also grateful that the administration’s budget request proposes to eliminate discretionary funding for the Sexual Risk Avoidance program which promotes ‘abstinence only until marriage’ instruction for young people. These programs have been proven to be ineffective and often stigmatize those who identify as LGBTQ."
“We are also encouraged to see the Hyde Amendment once again omitted from the budget request. For far too long, this harmful policy has denied insurance coverage of abortion for people working to make ends meet. In fact, more than seven million women of reproductive age currently on Medicaid – a disproportionate share of whom are Black and brown women – lack coverage for abortion care because of the Hyde Amendment."
“We urge Congress to support the president’s budget proposal, which makes significant progress toward ensuring all people have access to reproductive health services and information all people need to live life on their own terms.”
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Power to Decide is a private, non-partisan, non-profit organization that works to ensure all people—no matter who they are, where they live, or what their economic status might be—have the power to decide if, when and under what circumstances to get pregnant or have a child.