U.S. Foreign Assistance

Beware of the Blood-Sucking Spending Bill!

  Since the Republican takeover in the House in 2011, advocates have fought with the tenacity of vampire hunters and zombie slayers to successfully block annual efforts by the House to reinstate the Global Gag Rule, prohibit a U.S. contribution … Continue Reading

U.S. Foreign Assistance

Women’s Health Among Unfinished Business as Lawmakers Return

Well, summer vacation is officially over. Students across the country are heading back to school, and in just a few days lawmakers return to Capitol Hill, with funding for international family planning among  a lot of unfinished business. House and … Continue Reading

Global Gag Rule, U.S. Foreign Assistance

Global Women’s Health Shouldn’t Be a Casualty of U.S. Culture Wars

During the past few years, Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives have been a broken record of recurring attacks on international family planning funding and policy. Between attempts to reinstate the harmful Global Gag Rule and proposing drastic cuts … Continue Reading

Global Gag Rule, U.S. Foreign Assistance

Don’t Let Politicians Gag Women’s Health! Tell Senate Leaders to Stay Strong, Support Family Planning

Once again, members of Congress are playing politics with women’s health. Yesterday, the House Appropriations Committee approved a spending bill that would drastically cut funding for contraception, reinstate the harmful Global Gag Rule, and eliminate U.S. funding for the United Nations … Continue Reading

U.S. Foreign Assistance

House Bill Still a Family Planning Fixer-Upper, But One Important Repair Made for Peace Corps Volunteers

Earlier this afternoon, the House Appropriations Committee approved an FY 2015 State Department and Foreign Operations appropriations bill that funds the international affairs budget, including funding for international family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) programs.  The bill was adopted after … Continue Reading

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What’s Youth Got To Do With It?

This piece was originally published at Women at the Center, and is cross-posted with permission. Half of the world’s population is under 30 and half of all new HIV infections are happening to people between the ages of 15 and … Continue Reading