Washington Memo

May 17, 2012

Global War On Women Starts Again

Earlier this afternoon, the Republican-controlled House Appropriations Committee voted to perpetuate the global war on women, approving a bill that includes dangerous cuts to international family planning, reimposes the Global Gag Rule, and bans funding to the United Nations Population … Continue reading »

February 14, 2012

President’s Budget Request Restores International Family Planning Funding

President Obama’s fiscal year 2013 budget request for international family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) proposes a very welcomed restoration of funding.  This will help recover some of the millions of dollars cut by congressional contraceptive critics over the last … Continue reading »

December 19, 2011

Omnibus Spares International Family Planning from Cuts and Riders

President Obama is expected to sign by the end of this week a $915 billion “megabus” spending package for fiscal year 2012 (H.R. 2055), encompassing nine appropriations bills, including State Department and foreign operations which funds international family planning and … Continue reading »

September 21, 2011

Senate Victory Sets Up Showdown with House over Family Planning

The Senate Appropriations Committee today launched a counter-offensive against the House Republicans’ global war on women.  Family planning champions, led by Subcommittee Chair Patrick Leahy (D-VT),  adopted a Lautenberg amendment to legislatively block a re-imposition of the anti-family planning Global Gag … Continue reading »

August 15, 2011

PEPFAR COP Endorses Integration But Won’t Pay

Last week, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) released its annualCountry Operational Plan (COP) Guidance.  Although the fiscal year 2012 guidance clearly states that “voluntary family planning should be part of comprehensive quality care for persons living with HIV,” … Continue reading »

July 27, 2011

GOP Escalates Global War on Women

A Republican-led subcommittee opened a new front in the global war on women by adopting a spending bill that cuts funding for contraceptive services overseas by 25 percent, legislatively codifies the harmful Global Gag Rule restrictions, and prohibits a U.S. contribution to … Continue reading »

April 12, 2011

Final Spending Bill Cuts Funding for Women’s Health in Developing Countries

The spending bill (H.R. 1473) that will fund the federal government for the remainder of fiscal year 2011 was introduced in Congress today. The bill contains disappointing cuts to international family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) programs, but does not impose … Continue reading »

November 4, 2010

Election Outcome a Serious Setback for Family Planning

Population Action International’s preliminary analysis of the November 2nd congressional election results shows a significant reduction in the level of political support for international family planning and reproductive health programs on Capitol Hill. U.S. House of Representatives In the House, family … Continue reading »

October 12, 2010

FY 2011 Country Operational Plan Guidance Offers Unrealistic Plan to Support HIV-FP Integration

FY 2011 Country Operational Plan Guidance Fails to Offer Detailed and Realistic Plan to Support HIV-FP Integration In PEPFAR’s (President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief) annual Country Operational Plan (COP) guidance to the field, the Obama administration in principle continues … Continue reading »

July 29, 2010

Senate Committee Adopts Permanent Global Gag Rule Repeal

Senate Committee Adopts Permanent Global Gag Rule Repeal This afternoon, Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) successfully offered an amendment to permanently repeal the Global Gag Rule during the Senate Appropriations Committee’s consideration of the bill that funds the State Department and … Continue reading »