NPG Paper Denounces GOP Pushes to Gut Planned Parenthood and ACA

After repeated Congressional attempts to defund Planned Parenthood and repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Negative Population Growth (NPG) will release a new Forum paper today. The NPG report analyzes the impact of current conservative stances on both reproductive healthcare and foreign aid policy, finding that each will likely result in decreased access to contraceptive and family planning resources for millions. NPG President Don Mann noted: “In recent months, the 115th Congress has attempted to pass legislation which would strip all federal funding from Planned Parenthood and repeal the ACA – including its popular provision that requires most insurance companies to provide birth control with no copay. The White House has vowed to press forward with these objectives at every opportunity – which would deny millions of Americans access to safe, effective contraception. Simply fulfilling this controversial agenda could have a devastating impact on America’s fertility rates – and result in massive U.S. population growth in the years ahead.”

Titled Resurgent Pro-Natalism in the Trump Administration, the new report was authored by former NPG Deputy Director Tracy Henke. As part of its analysis of current policy, the Forum piece also outlines the critical relationship between healthcare funding, fertility levels, and population growth in the United States. Henke explained: “What we are witnessing is more than just a tug-of-war between liberal and conservative viewpoints. Americans must not lose sight of the overriding issue: the more funding we cut from these programs, the more people we prevent from having access to affordable birth control – and that means we will likely see fertility rates begin to rise. And with that increased population, the greater social, economic, and environmental pressure we place on society.”

The Forum paper also draws critical attention to recent foreign aid decisions, including President Trump’s reinstatement of the Mexico City Policy. The Forum explains that this policy “cuts U.S. funding to any international non-governmental organization that performs, promotes, or even gives information regarding abortions. …This means that routine health care and medication, as well as…

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