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Brookings pulled data from sources like the National Survey of Family Growth and National Vital Statistics System to crunch the costs and savings of three pregnancy prevention methods: medicaid family planning, mass media campaigns and evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention programs.
Its conclusion: better access to Medicaid family planning would help taxpayers—especially women—the most.
Granted, more Medicaid family planning funding would cost $235 million per year, but it could help taxpayers pocket an estimated $1.32 billion per year.
A mass media campaign and evidence-based teen pregnancy intervention, meanwhile, could help taxpayers save around $431 million and $356 million per year, respectively.
Nearly half of all US pregnancies are unplanned, with single, poor and teenage women taking on the majority of the burden, said the report.
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