Washington Memo

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 »

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 »