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January 23, 2014

The Song Remains the Same—Status Quo for Family Planning Funding and Policy in FY 2014 Omnibus

After a three-month delay, Congress passed and the President signed on January 17th a trillion dollar omnibus appropriations bill (H.R. 3547 ) to fund the federal government during fiscal year 2014. In what passes for good news these days, funding … Continue reading »

December 19, 2013

Endgame Negotiations Set to Commence—How Will Family Planning Fare in FY 2014?

While it is too early to tell what the specific implications may be for international family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) funding and policy, yesterday’s Senate passage of a two-year, bipartisan budget agreement (H.J. Res. 59) sets the stage for … Continue reading »

July 26, 2013

Senate Appropriators Shame House Counterparts on Family Planning

July 26, 2013 Senate Appropriators Shame House Counterparts on Family Planning After Wednesday’s disappointing House committee markup of the FY 2014 State Department and foreign operations bill, women’s health advocates enthusiastically applaud the actions of the Senate Appropriations Committee yesterday … Continue reading »

July 24, 2013

For House GOP Appropriators, It’s Deja Vu All Over Again on Family Planning

Earlier this afternoon, the Republican-controlled House Appropriations Committee voted to approve a bill that includes dangerous cuts to international family planning and destructive policy “riders.” The legislation is virtually identical to last year’s House bill in its hostile funding and … Continue reading »

April 11, 2013

President’s Budget Prioritizes International Family Planning

April 10, 2013 President’s Budget Request Continues to Prioritize Family Planning and Reproductive Health President Obama’s fiscal year 2014 budget request for international family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) proposes an important increase above the funding level just approved by … Continue reading »

February 22, 2013

Cuts and Consequences for International Family Planning

Cuts and Consequences: What Sequestration Might Mean for International Family Planning Assistance One week from today—unless Congress and the President reach a deal to avoid it—an across-the-board cut in federal spending will cause international family planning and reproductive health programs … Continue reading »

December 7, 2012

New PEPFAR Blueprint: Civil Society Essential to Achieving AIDS-Free Generation

December 07, 2012 New PEPFAR Blueprint: Civil Society Essential to Achieving AIDS-Free Generation Last week the U.S. government released the PEPFAR Blueprint: Creating an AIDS-Free Generation, which puts forward a bold vision to save lives and achieve an AIDS-free generation.  … Continue reading »

November 20, 2012

Election Outcome: What Family Planning Advocates Have To Be Thankful For

In this Thanksgiving season, supporters of international family planning programs have one thing to be truly thankful for—the 2012 election outcome. With the re-election of President Obama, advocates look forward to four more years of prioritized funding for overseas family … Continue reading »

October 16, 2012

PEPFAR Takes Contraception Off the Table

The recently released Fiscal Year 2013 Country Operational Plan (COP) Guidance  states in no uncertain terms that “PEPFAR funds may not be used to purchase family planning commodities” (page 52).  As they have since the beginning of the program, PEPFAR … Continue reading »

May 31, 2012

Senate Defends Family Planning

Just before Memorial Day, the House and Senate Appropriations Committee approved diametrically opposed versions of a foreign assistance spending bill when it comes to the international family planning and reproductive health programs of the U.S. government. The House committee-approved bill … Continue reading »