This article notes the absence of any serious consideration or even discussion of the potential interactions between relationship status and stability and the sexual and reproductive health of individuals and couples. Findings are shared that indicate stable relationships foster better reproductive and sexual health outcomes, reproductive health outcomes affect relationship stability, and that marriage is not a panacea when it comes to reproductive and sexual health. It urges sexual and reproductive health advocates to claim to a seat at the table in future discussions about how to spend federal marriage promotion dollars, on the basis that counseling for married couples and couples contemplating marriage should include information about how to avoid unintended pregnancy. Possible uses of federal marriage promotion dollars are listed.
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Reproductive Health Advocates and Marriage Promotion: Asserting a Stake in the Debate.