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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.



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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »

Advocacy Guide

What You Need to Know About PEPFAR and the Global Health Initiative

July 22, 2010

Described as the foundation upon which the Global Health Initiative (GHI) rests, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) is undergoing significant change. HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment remain the focus of PEPFAR, yet the GHI mandates that PEPFAR—along … Continue reading »



Kids, Condoms, Controversy

July 19, 2010

Pregnancy-related deaths are the leading cause of mortality for girls aged 15 to 19 worldwide. Cross-posted with OtherWords. A few weeks ago, a tiny resort community on the tip of Cape Cod found itself at the center of a national … Continue reading »

Policy Brief

How the Global Gag Rule Undermines U.S. Foreign Policy and Harms Women’s Health

June 30, 2010

Family planning opponents in the U.S. Congress and White House have long sought to place burdensome restrictions on U.S. family planning and reproductive health assistance. One such restriction is the Mexico City Policy, known to its opponents as the Global … Continue reading »



House Bill Proposes Remarkable Family Planning Funding Increase, Disappoints on Policy Change

June 30, 2010

The House State-Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee approved $735 million for bilateral and multilateral funding for family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) programs during their markup of the FY 2011 appropriations bill yesterday afternoon. Chairwoman Nita Lowey (D-NY) and her subcommittee … Continue reading »


Global Health Initiative Details Emerge

June 18, 2010

On Friday morning, the U.S. government announced the first eight Global Health Initiative(GHI) focus countries: Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Mali, Malawi, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Guatemala.  The Global Health Initiative promises to bring renewed attention to reproductive health and the 215 million women … Continue reading »


Global Fund to Emphasize Maternal and Child Health, Family Planning

May 13, 2010

The Global Fund for AIDS, TB and Malaria is urging countries to invest in maternal and child health (MCH) programming as it prepares to launch its next Round of funding later this month. The Global Fund’s Board decided at its … Continue reading »