The 2005 United States budget: Wasteful expenditures, foregone opportunities

      With record deficits, it may seem counter-intuitive to suggest that it makes sense now, more than ever, to establish full funding for family planning in the United States and internationally. There is good evidence, however, that family planning programs are not just cost-effective, but cost-saving: these programs save money in both the short- and long-term and thus remain a key priority, even in times of budget deficit. Programs to improve health, well being, and social and economic development around the globe are also important investments for long-term security and international stability. In tight financial times, however, expenditures that do not have good evidence of effectiveness—such as abstinence-only programs—are unwise and can even be harmful, particularly if they draw funding away from proven, effective measures.
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