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Capitol Health Call
September 13, 2006

Unintended Pregnancy

JAMA. 2006;296(10):1225. doi:10.1001/jama.296.10.1225-d

Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid (D, Nev) and Sen Hillary Rodham Clinton (D, NY) said a new report, issued by the Guttmacher Institute on August 16, validates a bill intended to significantly reduce unwanted pregnancies. The report concluded that expanding Medicaid coverage for contraception so that it matches Medicaid coverage for pregnancy-related care, as proposed in the Reid and Clinton bill (S 2916), would enable low-income women to prevent nearly 500 000 unwanted pregnancies annually, including 200 000 abortions (http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/gpr/09/3/gpr090302.html). The institute is a nonprofit organization focused on sexual and reproductive health research, policy analysis, and public education.

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