A recently released report from the Guttmacher Institute reveals that births resulting from unintended pregnancies cost federal and state governments $12.5 billion in 2008 - but without current publicly supported family planning services, those costs would double to $25 billion.
According to the report, the "authors warn that chronic underinvestment and ideological attacks on the programs and providers that make publicly supported family planning services accessible to millions of women have been counterproductive," actually causing increases in public spending. The authors recommend that "substantial new public investments in family planning services and comprehensive sex education" would help to reduce the $12.5 billion in public costs.
Mississippi had the highest percentage of publicly funded unplanned births at 83 percent. This is the same state that expanded abstinence education in March 2011.
Media Resources: Guttmacher Institute; Colorlines 10/22/13
10/29/2014 North Dakota Supreme Court Upholds Abortion Restrictions - The North Dakota Supreme Court yesterday upheld a set of misguided restrictions on medication abortion, allowing what is effectively a ban on early, non-surgical abortions in the state to go into effect immediately.
The decision overturned a lower court order finding the law, known as HB 1297, unconstitutional and permanently blocking its enforcement. . . .
10/29/2014 Georgia Court Refuses to Recognize 40K Voter Registrations From Primarily People of Color and Young People - A state court judge on Tuesday refused to order the Georgia Secretary of State to add some 40,000 voters to the voter rolls, potentially disenfranchising thousands of African Americans and other people of color in the state.
Judge Christopher Brasher of the Fulton County Superior Court denied a petition from the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (LCCR), the New Georgia Project and the Georgia branch of the NAACP asking the court to force Secretary of State Brian Kemp (R) to process an estimated 40,000 "missing" voter registrations.
More than 100,000 voters were registered by the three groups, but about a third of those registered never made the rolls. . . .