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Budget cutting US Republicans try to end funds for family planning and health reform

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 21 February 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d1186
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. 1New York

Newly elected Republicans in the House of Representatives have upheld campaign promises to cut government spending. They voted to eliminate funding to implement the health reform act and funding for organisations that provide family planning and contraception through the “Title X” programme, which mostly helps low income Americans.

They also eliminated funding for the Public Broadcasting System, similar to the BBC, and for a public service organisation called AmeriCorps and cut funds for border security and the District of Columbia.

All funding for Planned Parenthood, which offers family planning, contraception, cancer screening, and counselling services, was eliminated. The organisation received about $362m (£220m; €362m) in federal grants, which amounted to a third of its revenues, its 2008-9 annual report shows. Planned …

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