The Family Planning and Population Research Act

  • Date: Jan 01 1980
  • Policy Number: 8002

Key Words: Contraceptives, Family Planning, Public Health Funding

The American Public Health Association,

Recognizing that since enactment in 1970, the Family Planning Services and Population Research Act has enabled millions of low-income women and sexually active adolescents to gain access to needed contraceptive services;1 and

Noting that the wide network of 5,000 diverse family planning clinics has become the nation's largest purveyor of preventive health screening services—Pap smears, pelvic examinations, breast examinations, etc.—to medically indigent females;2 and

Recognizing that the family planning program has a high cost/benefit ratio: a conservative estimate is that $1.00 invested by the federal government in one year returns a minimum of $1.80 in the next year;3 and

Acknowledging further that the Center for Population Research at the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development, NIH, also supported by Title X of the Public Health Services Act, has a vital and essential program in research and training, reproductive biology, contraceptive technology, social and behavioral sciences; therefore

  1. Encourages the renewal in 1981 of the legislation entitled the Family Planning and Population Research Act (Title X); and
  2. Supports the continuation of federal funding for family planning services and population research for both men and women.


  1. Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare: Five Year Plan for Family Planning Services & Population Research, September 1979 Report submitted to Congress, Washington, DC.
  2. Select Committee on Population: Fertility and Contraception in the U.S., USGPO, Washington, DC, 1978.
  3. Cutright, Phillips and Frederick Jaffe: Impact of Family Planning Programs on Fertility, New York: Praeger, 1977.
  4. Select Committee, op. cit.

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