A private group that works to ensure access to women’s health services is sounding the alarm on the impact of state funding cuts to family planning services. The Missouri Family Health Council receives about $5-Million a year from the federal government to distribute to regional health departments and agencies that provide family planning services to low-income and uninsured women. Until last year, it received an additional $5-Million from the State, but the Legislature put an end to that. Sue Hilton, the Council’s Executive Director, says the halt in funding had to do not only with a lack of money, but with the abortion issue. Hilton is hoping the funding will eventually be restored, but she isn’t holding her breath that will happen anytime soon. Hilton says most health care providers discuss all family planning options, including abortion.
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