House Dems May Drop Contraceptive Spending

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WASHINGTON – Democratic officials say House leaders are seriously considering deleting family planning funds for the low-income from an economic stimulus bill headed for a vote later in the week.

These Democrats say the Obama administration made the request for the change. Republicans have been critical of the provision, which is included in the $825 billion bill.

Under the provision, states would no longer have to seek permission from the federal government to provide family planning services — including contraceptives — as part of the Medicaid program for the low-income.

The Democratic officials declined to be identified by name, saying they were not authorized to disclose the developments.