In 1995, the Institute of Medicine, Committee on Unintended Pregnancy issued the following recommendations:

This goal promotes planning for pregnancy as much as avoiding an unintended pregnancy. Activities to reach this goal in West Virginia would include the following:

1. Expand the number of Family Planning Program sites in West Virginia.

2. Extend Medicaid coverage for all postpartum women for two years following childbirth for contraceptive services, including sterilization.

Family Planning is a preventive measure which supports reproductive health care, as well as the emotional and social health of individuals and families. Family Planning services have had, and will continue to have, a significant impact on maternal and child health and socio-economic status of West Virginians.