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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.

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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 »

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Final Spending Bill Cuts Funding for Women’s Health in Developing Countries

April 12, 2011

The spending bill (H.R. 1473) that will fund the federal government for the remainder of fiscal year 2011 was introduced in Congress today. The bill contains disappointing cuts to international family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) programs, but does not impose … Continue reading »

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The Global Gag Rule: Life Sentence for the World’s Poorest Women

April 5, 2011

Originally posted on RH Reality Check A young woman tentatively walks through the door of a health clinic in rural Ethiopia. She’s terrified. She can barely say the word: pregnant. She doesn’t want a baby. She doesn’t know what to … Continue reading »

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Republican House of Representatives on Family Planning: No for Women and YES to Horses

February 19, 2011

Reposted from PLANetWIRE As the Republican majority in the House of Representatives defunded or greatly slashed domestic and international family planning for women in the United States and around the world, they passed an amendment approving the funding of birth … Continue reading »

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President’s Budget Calls for Increased Investments in International Family Planning

February 14, 2011

President Obama’s fiscal year 2012 budget request for international family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) takes another significant step toward addressing the contraceptive needs of millions of women and men in developing nations. The Obama administration is proposing $769.1 million … Continue reading »

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PAI Condemns Cuts to Contraception

February 11, 2011

For Immediate Release Statement from Population Action International on the Proposed House Republican FY2011 Continuing Resolution by Craig Lasher, Director of US Government Relations “The cuts to international family planning are extreme and out of touch with the views of … Continue reading »

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Election Outcome a Serious Setback for Family Planning

November 4, 2010

Population Action International’s preliminary analysis of the November 2nd congressional election results shows a significant reduction in the level of political support for international family planning and reproductive health programs on Capitol Hill. U.S. House of Representatives In the House, family … Continue reading »

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FY 2011 Country Operational Plan Guidance Offers Unrealistic Plan to Support HIV-FP Integration

October 12, 2010

FY 2011 Country Operational Plan Guidance Fails to Offer Detailed and Realistic Plan to Support HIV-FP Integration In PEPFAR’s (President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief) annual Country Operational Plan (COP) guidance to the field, the Obama administration in principle continues … Continue reading »

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Why is the Kenyan constitution so important to right-wing America?

August 4, 2010

A few weeks ago, I opened my inbox to find threats of damnation and dire consequences. It was one of those emails, making the rounds in Kenya these days, filled with warnings about abortion, moral decay and a Muslim takeover … Continue reading »

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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 »