Federal spending for contraception and other family planning services in the United States would rise by $35 million under a proposal President Clinton announced yesterday in his weekly radio address.
The increase sought in the 2001 budget would bring the total administration proposal for family planning in the United States to $274 million for next year, the White House said.
The money would be shared among 4,600 clinics nationwide and would pay for what the White House called "the full range of reproductive health services," including keeping contraceptives available and affordable. It also would pay for teenage counseling, including support for educational programs "that encourage young people to postpone sexual activity." It would not be used for abortions, the White House said.
Clinton also is seeking $169 million in new money for family planning and counseling services overseas, a 45 percent increase over the fiscal 2000 budget.
As part of a deal last year to persuade Congress to release $926 million in back payments to the United Nations, the administration accepted restrictions on $385 million in federal funds for groups that perform abortions or lobby for liberalized abortion laws internationally. Clinton said then that he would try to remove the restrictions.