U.S. Foreign Assistance

Minority Threatens to Derail PEPFAR Reauthorization Over Opposition to Family Planning

The House Committee of Foreign Affairs is poised to mark-up a bill that will reauthorize the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and correct the critical flaws in the existing program, which hinder its effectiveness. The new bill will provide greater access to contraceptives for HIV-positive women who desire to space and plan their births, as well as increase effectiveness and flexibility in the fight against HIV/AIDS by striking PEPFAR’s restriction that mandates at least one-third of U.S. HIV/AIDS prevention funding be limited to abstinence-only programs

This bill would greatly strengthen the effectiveness of PEPFAR by taking a big step forward in meeting the needs of the population most at risk for HIV infection – women and girls. However, a vocal minority in Congress oppose these two provisions for purely ideological reasons, despite mounting evidence that these changes will make PEPFAR more effective. We urge Congress to keep this bill intact and improve PEPFAR, thus saving the lives of millions of women and their families.

For more information, read PAI’s press release:

Bush Touts HIV/AIDS Program in Africa; House Committee on Foreign Affairs Set to Consider Strong PEPFAR Bill; Minority Threatens to Derail Bill over Opposition to Family Planning

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