House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, appearing Sunday on ABC’s “This Week” with George Stephanopoulos, said birth control will help the economy.
Pelosi, a mother of 5, defended a move to add birth control funding to the new economic “stimulus” package, claiming “contraception will reduce costs to the states and to the federal government.”
Stephanopoulos: Hundreds of millions of dollars to expand family planning services. How is that stimulus?
Pelosi: Well, the family planning services reduce cost. They reduce cost. The states are in terrible fiscal budget crises now and part of what we do for children’s health, education and some of those elements are to help the states meet their financial needs. One of those – one of the initiatives you mentioned, the contraception, will reduce costs to the states and to the federal government.
Stephanopoulos: So no apologies for that?
Pelosi: No apologies. No. we have to deal with the consequences of the downturn in our economy. Food stamps, unemployment insurance, some of the initiatives you just mentioned, what the economists have told us, from right to left, there is more bang for the buck, is the term they use, by investing in food stamps and in unemployment insurance than in any tax cuts.
UPDATE: House Democrats are likely to jettison family planning funds for the low-income from an $825 billion economic stimulus bill, following a personal appeal from President Barack Obama at a time the administration is courting Republican critics of the legislation. Read the AP report here.