NIH Spends $280K to Empower Women to Make Contraceptive Choices – in Jail

The federal government spent $279,789 in taxpayer funds “to improve contraceptive use for incarcerated women” who are soon to be released from jail.

The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, a division of the National Institutes of Health, awarded to the grant to the Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island.

Women with a history of incarceration are at “increased risk” for unplanned pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) “given the high rates of substance abuse and commercial sex work in this population,” once they are released from prison, according to the grant.

“Highly effective (less than 2% annual failure rate with typical use) reversible contraceptive methods are readily available through Title X clinics,” the grant said.