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06-S2916 on May 19, 2006

Legislation by 2008 Presidential Candidates: expanding contraceptive services for low-income women
Source: Unintended Pregnancy Reduction Act (S.2916/H.R.5795)
  1. prohibit a state from providing for medical coverage unless it includes certain family planning services and supplies; and
  2. include women who are not pregnant but who meet income eligibility standards in a mandatory "categorically needy" group for family planning services purposes.


    Congress makes the following findings:
  1. Rates of unintended pregnancy increased by nearly 30% among low-income women between 1994 and 2002, and a low-income woman today is 4 times as likely to have an unintended pregnancy as her higher income counterpart.
  2. Abortion rates decreased among higher income women but increased among low income women in that period, and a low income woman is more than 4 times as likely to have an abortion as her higher income counterpart.
  3. Contraceptive use reduces a woman's probability of having an abortion by 85%.
  4. Levels of contraceptive use among low-income women at risk of unintended pregnancy declined significantly, from 92% to 86%.
  5. Publicly funded contraceptive services have been shown to prevent 1,300,000 unintended pregnancies each year, and in the absence of these services the abortion rate would likely be 40% higher than it is.
  6. By helping couples avoid unintended pregnancy, Medicaid-funded contraceptive services are highly cost-effective, and every public dollar spent on family planning saves $3 in the cost of pregnancy-related care alone.The Social Security Act is amended by adding [to the Medicaid section] the following: COVERAGE OF FAMILY PLANNING SERVICES AND SUPPLIES -- a State may not provide for medical coverage unless that coverage includes family planning services and supplies.

    LEGISLATIVE OUTCOME:Referred to Senate Committee on Finance; never came to a vote.

      Participating counts on VoteMatch question 1. Question 1: Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
    • Topic: Abortion
    • Headline: Expand contraceptive services for low-income women (Score: 1)
    • Headline 2: Sponsored bill providing contraceptives for low-income women (Score: 1)

    • Key for participation codes:
    • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
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    • Resolutions: i=introduced; w=wrote; a=adopted
    • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
    • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.

    Democrats participating in 06-S2916

    Tom Allen s1oMaine Democrat (Retiring 2008) 
    Tammy Baldwin s1oWI Democratic Challenger 
    Shelley Berkley s1oNevada Democrat (Senate run 2012) 
    Jeff Bingaman s2iNM Democratic Sr Senator (Retiring) 
    Earl Blumenauer s1oOregon Democrat 
    Barbara Boxer s2iCA Democratic Jr Senator 
    Sherrod Brown s1oOH Democratic Sr Senator 
    Maria Cantwell s2iWA Democratic Jr Senator 
    Lois Capps s1oCalifornia Democrat 
    Michael Capuano s1oMA Former Democratic Primary Senate Challenger (2009) 
    Hillary Clinton s2pNY Former Democratic Senator (NY); now Secretary of State 
    John Conyers s1oMichigan Democrat 
    Joseph Crowley s1oNew York Democrat 
    Peter Defazio s1oOregon Democrat 
    Diana DeGette s1oColorado Democrat 
    Rosa DeLauro s1oConnecticut Democrat 
    Sam Farr s1oCalifornia Democrat 
    Bart Gordon s1oTennessee Democrat (until 2010) 
    Gene Green s1oTexas Democrat 
    Tom Harkin s2iIA Democratic Jr Senator (retiring 2014) 
    Mike Honda s1oCalifornia Democrat 
    Jay Inslee s1oWA Democratic Governor 
    Jesse Louis Jackson s1oIllinois Democrat (Resgined 2013) 
    Sheila Jackson Lee s1oTexas Democrat 
    Tim Johnson s1oSD Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014) 
    John Kerry s2iMA Democratic Sr Senator 
    Tom Lantos s1oCalifornia Former Democrat (until 2008) 
    Frank Lautenberg s2iNJ Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014) 
    Nita Lowey s2pNew York Democrat 
    Carolyn Maloney s1oNew York Democrat/Liberal 
    Carolyn McCarthy s1oNew York Dem./Ind./Working-Families 
    Betty McCollum s1oMinnesota Democrat 
    Jim McDermott s1oWashington Democrat 
    Jim McGovern s1oMassachusetts Democrat 
    George Miller s1oCalifornia Democrat 
    Patty Murray s1oWA Democratic Sr Senator 
    Jerrold Nadler s1oNew York Dem./Lib./Working-Families 
    Barack Obama s2iIL Former Democratic Senator (until 2008) 
    Major Owens s1oNew York Democrat (until 2007) 
    Donald Payne s1oNew Jersey Former Democrat(Deceased 2012) 
    Harry Reid s2iNV Democratic Sr Senator 
    Lucille Roybal-Allard s1oCalifornia Democrat 
    Tim Ryan s1oOhio Democrat 
    Jan Schakowsky s1oIllinois Democrat 
    Charles Schumer s1oNY Democratic Sr Senator 
    Allyson Schwartz s1oPennsylvania Democratic Governor Challenger 
    David Scott s1oGeorgia Democrat 
    Louise Slaughter s1oNew York Democrat 
    Hilda Solis s1oCA Democratic Gubernatorial Challenger 
    Pete Stark s1oCalifornia Democrat 
    Henry Waxman s1oCalifornia Democrat 
    Robert Wexler s1oFlorida Democrat (resigned Jan. 2010) 
    Lynn Woolsey s1oCalifornia Democrat (Retiring 2012) 

    Republicans participating in 06-S2916

    Independents participating in 06-S2916

    Jim Jeffords s2iVT Former Independent Senator (retired 2006) 

    Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

    Democrats: 53
    Republicans: 0
    Independents: 1

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