Sequestration Could Mean Lost Opportunities for Millions of Women and Their Families Overseas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SEQUESTRATION COULD MEAN LOST OPPORTUNITIES FOR MILLIONS OF WOMEN AND THEIR FAMILIES OVERSEAS

Statement by Population Action International Director of U.S. Government Relations Craig Lasher

“With Congress and the President unable to reach a deal yesterday, the devastating effects of sequestration may soon become a reality. As they take effect, these cuts will not be felt only here, but around the world, where they could put essential services and supplies out of reach for those who most need them.

If sequestration were to remain in force, international family planning and reproductive health programs would likely face a 5.3 percent funding cut, meaning a net reduction of $32.3 million from the FY 2012 appropriated level of $610 million. Based on an analysis by the Guttmacher Institute, such cuts could mean that nearly 1.7 million women may be denied access to contraceptive services & supplies, 485,000 more may have unintended pregnancies, 1,292 may die from pregnancy or childbirth complications, and 6,460 children may lose their mothers.

PAI believes that every person should have access to safe, effective and affordable contraception. It is sad and disappointing that gridlock and inaction in Washington may result in lost opportunities for healthy lives for millions of women and their families overseas.”