Teen parenthood is one of the strongest socioeconomic factors locking persons into poverty, highly associated with crime. Children of teens are the most rapidly growing population living in poverty. Funding for family planning is money well spent. A dollar spent on family planning saves $4.02 in public support, according to the Guttmacher Institute.
Comprehensive family planning education also is essential to reducing the rate of teen parenthood. Missouri law currently blocks comprehensive family planning education in public schools by Planned Parenthood educators, the nation’s most trusted source of sexuality information. Research has shown that abstinence-only sex education does not forestall teen sex. Access to family planning is important in ZIP code 64130.
Board member, Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri