Family planning services must help women protect themselves against AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases as well as help them limit births, Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said here Tuesday, as he opened debate in the Senate Labor Committee on re-authorization of the Family Planning Act.

Hatch said he supports family planning services for low-income women but not abortion services."And I do not support government policies that drive wedges between children and their parents.

"I also support the search for new ways of reducing the spread of venereal diseases, teenage pregnancy and infant mortality," Hatch said."These diseases cause inflammation of fallopian tubes and, unfortunately, can lead to infertility."