Things cheaper for the government than accidental children

20 May

Following yesterday’s admittedly absurdist mermaid meltdown, today we have some more normal news that probably even sounds a little familiar: unplanned pregnancies cost the government a lot of money! How much? From Reuters:

Studies released by a reproductive rights research group on Thursday show that unintended pregnancies cost U.S. taxpayers about $11 billion a year.

Woah. Let’s do some comparison fun from the FY2011 U.S. federal budget:

  • $7.6 billion for Women, Infants and Children nutrition program
  • $2.3 billion in applied energy research and development to address climate change
  • $11.2 billion for the National Nuclear Security Administration
  • $1.6 billion for child care funding
  • $5.7 billion for the Transportation Security Administration
  • $8.1 billion for the FBI
  • $5.5 billion for Foreign Military Financing
  • $2.1 billion for the Drug Enforcement Administration
So, it costs taxpayers roughly as much to get all those little accidental miracles here in one piece as it does to keep the U.S. safe from nuclear threat. I sure hope it turns out to be a better investment than paying for ladies’ birth control pills!

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