Obama’s 2010 budget overview is out, and rest assured the religious right will make hay from certain HHS family planning provisions. Says RH Reality Check:
While the overview is generally non-specific, it does make clear that the Medicaid family planning expansion—which would extend Medicaid coverage for family planning services to non-pregnant women–is included (see page 127). The expansion, which would enable states to extend coverage to non-pregnant women without first seeking a waiver from the federal government, was first included in the economic stimulus package
Will the feds also drop their finger-wagging insistence on abstinence-only sex-ed? It’s possible, since the budget outlines “fund[ing] models that stress the importance of abstinence while providing medically accurate and age-appropriate information to youth who have become sexually active.”
It’s a start. And even though Tay Wiles’ latest reproductive health legislation updates are freaking me out, at least Obama’s HHS Secretary isn’t blogging about how anti-abortion he is, yes?
View the full 2010 Budget overview here. (pdf)