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Population Connection has been America’s grassroots population organization since its founding as Zero Population Growth—or ZPG—in 1968. Although we changed our name in 2002, our mission remains the same. We advocate to achieve population stabilization through better access to and increased education about voluntary family planning.

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There are an estimated 218 million women in the developing world who want to avoid getting pregnant but who aren’t using a modern method of contraception. Population Connection works with the White House and the United States Congress to increase international family planning funding to the level required to eliminate unintended pregnancy around the world. We are not a medical service provider—we are a social movement and a powerful force for the collective voices of Americans concerned about runaway population growth.

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Fall Speaker Series – “Family Planning in Francophone West Africa: Progress and Challenges” with Pape Gaye

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Fall Speaker Series – “What Happens Next: A Discussion About Reproductive Rights Advocacy After the 2020 Election” with Brian Dixon, Stacie Murphy, and Rebecca Harrington

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Our Legislative Priorities

End the Global Gag Rule
Support the United Nations Population Fund
Repeal the Helms Amendment
Invest $1.6 Billion in International Family Planning

For the past 35 years, the rights and welfare of women in the developing world have been dependent on who is sitting in the White House. That can change.

The Global Gag Rule, when it is in effect, disqualifies some of the most effective and experienced family planning providers in the world from receiving U.S. assistance. Donald Trump reimposed the Global Gag Rule on his first day in office, and expanded it to cover all global health aid—about $8.8 billion. Previous versions of the policy had applied only to family planning funding.

The Global Health, Empowerment and Rights Act (H.R.1055/S.368) would end this cruel uncertainty by barring a future administration from unilaterally imposing the Global Gag Rule. Passage of this legislation is critical to ensure the stability of family planning programs. All members of Congress must do whatever they can to support this important bill.

The Global Gag Rule is a matter of life and death for women around the world. Lack of access to family planning information and services puts the lives and health of women at risk for no defensible reason. Millions of these women experience unintended pregnancies, and tens of thousands of them die from complications from pregnancies every year, including by unsafe abortion.

It is vital to ensure that women have access to the tools and information they need to protect their health and exercise their rights. The Global HER Act will help ensure that women worldwide have access to the full range of family planning information and services they need.

Sign our petition to pass the Global HER Act!

Trump ended funding to the world’s largest provider of reproductive health care services, including family planning, when he took office.

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is an essential agency that provides women in 155 countries around the globe with desperately-needed reproductive and maternal health services, including family planning, safe delivery kits, treatment for obstetric fistula, and services to those in areas devastated by natural disaster.

UNFPA is a cost-effective service provider that reaches millions of people around the world with critical health care—the agency saves lives and supports our broader diplomatic, development, and national security priorities.

UNFPA does not promote abortion as a method of family planning and does not condone coercion in family planning, abortion, or sterilization. However, funding to the agency has been threatened for years because of the program it runs in China. This program is designed to promote voluntary, rights-based reproductive health care, but anti-birth control members of Congress claim that any involvement in China must mean that the agency supports coercive population control. This was deemed untrue by a committee appointed by President George W. Bush, which traveled to China to witness the program in action.

Since 1973, the Helms Amendment has prohibited the use of U.S. foreign assistance for abortion overseas. The law specifically bars the use of U.S. foreign aid for “abortion as a method of family planning,” but the U.S. government has always treated the amendment as a blanket ban on funding abortion for any reason.

Now, for the first time, there is a bill in the House of Representatives that would repeal the Helms Amendment: the Abortion is Health Care Everywhere Act of 2020 (H.R.7816).

It’s time to repeal Helms once and for all. It has no benefit to foreign policy, to global health, to development, or, really to anything at all. It is, in fact, simply a relic of domestic abortion politics. And the domestic politics of abortion are totally divorced from the reality of the life that women struggling with unwanted pregnancies in the developing world face.

Sign our petition to repeal the Helms Amendment!

Even with recent increases, United States funding for international family planning and reproductive health (currently $607.5 million) is 47% below the 1995 level (in constant dollars). Since then, the number of women of reproductive age in the developing world (excluding China) has increased by an identical 47%. That means that there is 47% less funding for 47% more people.

Today, 218 million women in the developing world want to prevent or delay pregnancy but have an unmet need for modern contraception. As a result of this unmet need, there are approximately 80 million unintended pregnancies in the developing world each year.

This huge unmet need for family planning contributes to a host of devastating consequences for the entire world: resource insecurity, social instability, and maternal and infant mortality. If the United States wants to meet these and other 21st century challenges, then it must make a real investment in family planning and reproductive health.

The U.S. must invest at least $1.6 billion in international family planning and reproductive health programs. This figure represents the United States’ pledged share of the total cost of eliminating unmet need for family planning worldwide. It is a sound investment in our future.

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