The following conclusions emerged from the committee’s review of the literature on the role and history of family planning in the United States:

The provision of family planning services has important benefits for the health and well-being of individuals, families, communities, and the nation as a whole.

Planning for families—helping people have children when they want to and avoid conception when they do not—is a critical social and public health goal.

The federal government has a responsibility to support the attainment of this goal. There is an ongoing need for public investment in family planning services, particularly for those who are low income or experience other barriers to care.

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