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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.



President’s Budget Request Restores International Family Planning Funding

February 14, 2012

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 »


Omnibus Spares International Family Planning from Cuts and Riders

December 19, 2011

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 »

Advocacy Guide

Review of Polling on Family Planning

October 26, 2011

The November election took a toll on U.S. Congressional support for international family planning but PAI’s research shows that the new members are deeply out of touch with American voters. PAI conducted an election-night poll which found the majority of … Continue reading »


Press Release

Statement on House Foreign Affairs Committee Markup by Craig Lasher, Director of U.S. Government Relations

October 5, 2011

For Immediate Release Republicans on the committee have shown their true colors by rejecting 10 amendments to allow U.S. funding for UNFPA’s life-saving work to continue. It is now clear they are not interested in preventing maternal death and disability … Continue reading »


Trends in US Population Assistance

October 4, 2011

Since 1965, Congress has appropriated money in the foreign assistance bill for population assistance to developing countries to advance the U.S. foreign policy goals of promoting sustainable development and health in these countries. These monies support family planning and related … Continue reading »


Senate Victory Sets Up Showdown with House over Family Planning

September 21, 2011

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 »


PEPFAR COP Endorses Integration But Won’t Pay

August 15, 2011

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 »


At Global Leadership Council Meeting, Silence on Family Planning

July 28, 2011

What Washington insider–or aspiring insider like myself–doesn’t relish the chance to be in the same room with Secretary Clinton, The Honorable Tom Ridge, NBC’s Chuck Todd, and World Bank President Bob Zoellick to talk policy?

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GOP Escalates Global War on Women

July 27, 2011

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 »

Policy Brief

Why the United States Should Maintain Funding for UNFPA

July 11, 2011

UNFPAupdate_04_2013The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) supports family planning and reproductive health programs in developing countries that save women’s lives. UNFPA provides international leadership on population issues and is a key source of financial assistance for these important programs. Maintaining … Continue reading »