Topic » Family Planning

Family planning improves maternal health, reduces unintended pregnancies and abortions, prevents the spread of HIV/AIDS, and promotes responsible development and environmental sustainability. Around the world, 222 million women want to prevent pregnancy but need contraception. Meeting women's needs for family planning and maternal and child health care would prevent 54 million unintended pregnancies each year, resulting in 26 million fewer abortions and 79,000 fewer maternal deaths.

PAI works to secure greater support for international family planning and reproductive health programs. We track funding targets, document contraceptive shortages, and work with partners in developing countries to strengthen advocacy for their programs at home.


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Luck of the Draw

December 16, 2014

Every woman should have access to safe, affordable abortion care. Sadly, the United States government imposes numerous restrictions on funding for abortion services. However, for most women that face these restrictions, lawmakers have made some narrow exceptions in cases of … Continue reading »

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Nightmare on Capitol Hill

October 23, 2014

Happy Halloween from PAI! Every year around this time, we see zombies, ghosts, and goblins roaming the streets. But these policies — and their impact on women all over the world — are scarier than any of the monsters we see … Continue reading »

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Birth Control Helps Women Succeed

September 26, 2014

It seems obvious to most of us, but it’s always good to remind people: one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to empower women and increase their quality of life is to make sure they have access to birth control. … Continue reading »


The Hidden Family Planning Crisis of the Urban Poor

July 11, 2014

  Today, 3.9 billion of us live in cities. That’s more than half the world’s population. According to a new report released by the United Nations Population Division, by 2050, approximately 66 percent of the globe’s population will live in … Continue reading »

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Sex in the City: The Family Planning Needs of the Urban Poor

July 10, 2014

Today, 3.9 billion of us — more than half the world’s population — live in cities. By 2050, about two-thirds of us will live in urban areas. With so many people moving into cities, you might think they’re gaining access … Continue reading »

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An Abysmal Decision for Women’s Rights and For The United States’ Reputation Abroad

June 30, 2014

For immediate release June 30, 2014   AN ABYSMAL DECISION FOR WOMEN’S RIGHTS AND FOR THE UNITED STATES’ REPUTATION ABROAD Statement from PAI President and CEO Suzanne Ehlers on Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby Today, in a blow to women’s health … Continue reading »

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Funding Family Planning Success

June 25, 2014

Country advocacy is critical to holding governments accountable for their FP2020 commitments. Yet too often civil society organizations simply don’t have the resources to support their efforts. The Opportunity Fund is a flexible source of funding for family planning advocacy … Continue reading »


House Bill Still a Family Planning Fixer-Upper, But One Important Repair Made for Peace Corps Volunteers

June 24, 2014

  Earlier this afternoon, the House Appropriations Committee approved an FY 2015 State Department and Foreign Operations appropriations bill that funds the international affairs budget, including funding for international family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) programs. The bill was adopted … Continue reading »


It’s Complicated: Anti-LGBT Laws Leave No Easy Answers for SRHR Advocates

June 9, 2014

  Recently at PAI, we were presented with the opportunity to partner with a local African civil society organization (CSO) to advance women’s access to reproductive and maternal health. At PAI, our preference is to work with local CSOs, as … Continue reading »


The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly at CPD

April 21, 2014

  Last week, governments and civil society came together for the 47th session of the United Nations Commission on Population and Development (CPD). This CPD was particularly important because 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the International Conference on Population … Continue reading »