Republicans are working late tonight, holding up the federal budget—and threatening total government shutdown—in order to defund family-planning programs. In 2008, the Guttmacher Institute published a study about what happens when you do just that, and the results are frightening but unsurprising.
"Pro-life" Republicans are targeting Title X funding, which provides contraception and sexual health advice to millions of needy Americans, and more specifically Planned Parenthood, whose contraception and sexual health services (but not abortion services) are partially supported by Title X. In 2009, Planned Parenthood performed a total of 332,278 abortions (pdf), a number that congressional Republicans apparently find intolerable. According to Guttmacher, however, if the government were to cut all Title X funding, we could expect 406,000 more abortions every year—nearly three-quarters of a million if added to the Planned Parenthood abortions already performed.