Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Spring 2016

Document Type


Type of Thesis

Departmental Honors


Molecular, Cellular, & Developmental Biology

First Advisor

Celeste Montoya

Second Advisor

Brian DeDecker

Third Advisor

Nancy Guild


Starting in 1994, reproductive health was established as a human right. Having access physically, financially, and culturally to critical services that allow an individual to plan, space and prevent births are crucial in allowing reproductive health to be a human right. In women’s reproductive health policy, Title X of the Public Health Service Act of 1970 was a turning point in recognizing that affordable and culturally competent services can assist in reducing unintended pregnancies and the adverse affects that can come with it. Forty-six years later, Title X is still the sole federal policy dedicated to family planning. From its inception, the necessity of Title X has been contested. In the past five years, Congress has proposed to completely cut funding for this program. This paper provides an in-depth review of the Title X Family Planning Program comprised of three parts: a legislative analysis of amendments to the law, a case study of how a Title X clinic functions in Colorado, and lastly a feminist policy analysis examining the impacts of the law. The evidence provided by these three analyses suggests that while Title X has made significant progress, more focus needs to be placed on evaluation of quality of services, vulnerable populations and the political context surrounding the policy.