We need 1,000,000 people to tell Congress: Access to contraceptives and Reproductive Health Care is an ESSENTIAL RIGHT.
April 20, 2011
The Congressional budget compromise approved earlier this month appropriates a total of $615 million for international family planning and reproductive health programs for current fiscal year (FY2011). Of that amount, $575 million is set aside for bilateral assistance; $40 million will be contributed to the United Nations Population Fund. The $615 million figure represents a 5% reduction from the FY2010 appropriation level ($648 million).
The approved cutback fell far short of what family planning opponents were advocating in the U.S. House of Representatives, but it still falls far short of the $1 billion annual appropriation level endorsed by the International Family Planning Coalition.
Congress has now begun work on the budget for fiscal year 2012, which begins on October 1, 2011. In February, President Obama asked Congress to appropriate $769 million for international family planning and reproductive health in FY2012. But if the goal of universal access to reproductive health care is to be achieved by 2015, the target year set by the United Nations, the U.S. and other donor nations will have to ramp up their support even more.