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The United States has supported family planning, reproductive health, and population programs as part of its foreign assistance program since 1965. Polls have consistently shown that 75 to 90 percent of Americans support international family planning programs, including 69 percent of Independents and Republicans. But while the demand has consistently increased, the U.S. funding level for family planning in 2010 is nearly 25 percent less than what it spent in 1995 (when adjusted for inflation).

PAI believes the U.S. should lead international efforts to meet the demand for family planning by appropriating $1 billion annually. The $1 billion figure is the U.S.’ fair share of the $6.7 billion investment needed to meet international family planning goals, and would accelerate progress on the U.N. Millennium Development Goals.



The Votes Are In: Tough Road Ahead for International Family Planning & Reproductive Health

November 13, 2014

For supporters of the U.S. government’s international family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) program, last week’s mid-term congressional elections turned out even worse than most observers had anticipated, particularly in the Senate. For the first time, FP/RH advocates may not … Continue reading »

Data & Maps

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 »

Press Release

PAI Joins 80 Organizations in Calling for Immediate Action on the Helms Amendment

September 8, 2014

For immediate release Sept. 8, 2014 PAI Joins 80 Organizations in Calling for Immediate Action on the Helms Amendment Statement by PAI President and CEO Suzanne Ehlers “About one month ago, PAI launched a public campaign asking President Obama to … Continue reading »

Press Release

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 »


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 »


The Peace Corps Equity Act: We Owe It To Each Other

July 25, 2013

Many young people cannot imagine spending two years away from friends and family just as they are about to embark on a promising career path—let alone in a developing country.  For me, it seems almost unbelievable that my Peace Corps … Continue reading »

Press Release

A Win for Free Speech and Sound Public Health in the Supreme Court

June 20, 2013

For Immediate Release June 20, 2013 A Win for Free Speech and Sound Public Health in the Supreme Court Statement by Population Action International President & CEO Suzanne Ehlers “Today, in a 6-2 decision, the Supreme Court struck down a … Continue reading »


Stop Ignoring These 222 Million Women

June 10, 2013

Right now, 222 million women — more than the populations of Germany, Spain, France, Belgium, and The Netherlands combined — want modern contraception, but they can’t get it. If we gave these women what they wanted, we could have saved … Continue reading »


Under Pressure: International Family Planning Faces Cuts from Sequestration and Budget-Slashing Mania

June 6, 2013

Non-defense discretionary spending makes up only 15 percent of the U.S. federal budget. And international family planning and reproductive health? Just .03 percent. Yet these programs are still targeted by Congress by disproportionate cuts, undermining one of our country’s most … Continue reading »


Infographic: The Dollars and Sense of Family Planning

June 5, 2013

Believe it or not, Americans spend more than $1 billion annually on potato chips. And while Ruffles may be delicious, this is arguably not the smartest way to spend our money. If we spent that same $1 billion on family … Continue reading »