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Need help paying for 'the pill'?

By Allison Bybee e-mail

STUART, FL (WFLX) - Times are tough. Baby plans put on the back-burner as families wait out the rough economy.

Elizabeth Drawbaugh is seeing more woman needing a deal on birth control, "We're seeing more woman that would not be our traditional clients."

Middle-class woman headed to the Martin County Health Department citing tough economic times as their need to head to the clinic instead of a private doctor. Drawbaugh says, "The first wave of people we started seeing are those in the mortgage industry and real estate. Those people say last year they were fine they were purchasing out of pocket."

Drawbaugh says the cost of birth control isn't going up, it's just many people have lost insurance coverage and can't afford the pill. "These people last year could afford it."

The tough economic times, hurting the wallets and making this a tough time for many families to add a little one to the mix, "I hear the comment, "This is the year I can't afford this. This definitely is not in my plan. We are doing what we can to keep the mortgage up."

Drawbaugh say's she's surprised to see the change in faces. The clinic no longer a place just for those with low-incomes, instead becoming a place for everyone during these tough times.

The Martin County Health Department urges woman:

Don't stop taking the pill because of cost. Head to your local clinic if you want to stay on the medication. They can help you find ways to afford it.

List of Florida County Health Deparments.

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