Mission: Overpopulation threatens the quality of life for people everywhere. Population Connection is the national grassroots population organization that educates young people and advocates progressive action to stabilize world population at a level that can be sustained by Earth’s resources.
Fulfilling Population Connection’s mission requires smashing any and all barriers that prevent people from fulfilling their reproductive destinies. It’s never about “population control.” It’s always about empowering people — especially women and girls. We must ensure that people are fully able to choose their own paths — including deciding for themselves if and when they want to have children. We must address the unmet need for family planning of the 214 million women in the developing world who want to prevent pregnancy but have an unmet need for modern contraception.
Global population is projected to hit 8 billion around the year 2023, depending on fertility rates over the next few years. One in ten people already lives below the international poverty line of $1.90 per day.
Until everyone, everywhere, has access to affordable and appropriate contraceptives, comprehensive reproductive health care, and equal opportunity in education and employment, global environmental crises, food and water shortages, and entrenched poverty will continue unabated. We must dedicate every available resource to advocating in Washington, DC, for dramatic increases in family planning aid and to educating tomorrow’s leaders about the troubling realities of rapid population growth.
The U.S. has a shockingly high rate of unintended pregnancies—45% of all pregnancies are unplanned. Eight out of ten teen pregnancies are unintended. Meanwhile, low income American women face the real threat of having crucial family planning programs defunded. We work to protect access to birth control and reproductive health care by standing up to Right Wing attacks on vital Title X funding for family planning providers here in the U.S.
The Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative and the Affordable Care Act also both contribute significant funding toward comprehensive sex education for teens. Both are under attack. We work to protect funding for programs that will reduce teen pregnancy.
UNFPA is the largest multilateral provider of family planning services in the world. It receives contributions from 180 countries and operates in over 150, including some of the most desperately impoverished nations in the world.
The United States, under Trump, has stopped funding UNFPA, making us the only country in the world to refuse funding for non-budgetary reasons
Too often, family planning providers abroad are banned from receiving essential U.S. funding due to the Global Gag Rule. This executive order “gags” family planning providers from discussing abortion with their patients. It’s a backwards policy that harms women by shutting down some of the most effective family planning providers.
We are determined to work with our allies in Congress to legislate a permanent end to the Global Gag Rule, by passing the Global HER Act.
The number of women in the developing world who want to avoid pregnancy but have an unmet need for modern contraception is estimated at 214 million. The U.S. must make a real investment in international family planning programs of $1.6 billion a year, with $111 million for UNFPA.
Inform and Organize
In March 2019, we brought 350 advocates from across the country to Washington, DC, to ask their members of Congress to support the Global HER Act, to resume funding to UNFPA, and to increase overall international family planning funding to $1.6 billion.
With the help of expert speakers, we educated activists on hot button issues and trained them to be effective constituent lobbyists.
Held annually, Capitol Hill Days is our flagship training event, bringing activists together each spring for several days intensive advocacy education and training.
Our quarterly magazine, Population Connection, highlights the connections between population, the environment, and women’s empowerment. It provides important population news, research, program developments, and legislative updates. With a circulation exceeding 100,000, the magazine is sent to our members, university libraries, teachers, journalists, and every member of Congress.
Population Education staff and volunteers conduct over 700 workshops annually, training about 12,500 educators to use our curriculum materials in their classrooms. The teachers we’ve trained reach 3 million students annually in grades K-12 with up-to-date lessons on our world’s population.
Each year, we host two facilitator trainings for 30 or more influential educators who want to train their fellow teachers to use Population Education materials.
Our network of volunteer trainers presents two-thirds of our workshops every year, making an invaluable contribution to our program and vastly extending our reach. With our Teacher Training Network of over 650 professional educators who volunteer their time, we can ensure that today’s students—tomorrow’s leaders—gain access to factual information about global population trends and impacts.