Topic » Abortion

As Secretary of State Clinton said, “The fact is that the best way to reduce the number of abortions is to reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies in the first place.” Around the world, 222 million women want to prevent pregnancy but need contraception. Meeting their needs would prevent 53 million unintended pregnancies each year, resulting in 14.5 million fewer abortions.

PAI works to improve access to family planning so that fewer women experience unintended pregnancies. We also believe access to safe, legal abortion is key to providing comprehensive reproductive health care. About 20 million women have unsafe abortions every year, and 46,000 die in the process. Providing family planning to the women who need it would prevent four-fifths of these unsafe abortions and save 38,000 lives.



Why Female Peace Corps Volunteers Deserve Better

April 25, 2013

This post was also featured in the Huffington Post. Serving in the Peace Corps in the Central African Republic is part of what inspired me to work in the reproductive health field. As you’ll see in the above video, my … Continue reading »


Unfair Sacrifice: Female Peace Corps Volunteers Deserve Equal Access to Abortion Care Under Federal Health Plans

April 25, 2013

This post was originally published on RH Reality Check. Peace Corps is an amazing experience.  I wouldn’t trade the two years I spent in a small village in rural Morocco for any other time.  I regularly tout the virtues of … Continue reading »


Global War On Women Starts Again

May 17, 2012

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 »


Senate Committee Adopts Permanent Global Gag Rule Repeal

July 29, 2010

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 »


Spending Bill Boosts Family Planning Funding, But Disappoints on Permanent Gag Rule Repeal

November 11, 2009

On December 10th, the House of Representatives debated and passed an omnibus spending bill for fiscal year 2010 containing a significant funding increase for family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) programs but which dropped a Senate amendment that would have … Continue reading »

Policy Brief

Contraceptive Use Helps Reduce the Incidence of Abortion

August 1, 2005

Nearly 80 million unintended pregnancies occur worldwide every year. More than half of these pregnancies end in abortion, often in countries where abortion is illegal and access to contraception is limited. Access to voluntary family planning services, including contraception, is … Continue reading »