The Votes Are In: Tough Road Ahead for International Family Planning and Reproductive Health

For supporters of the U.S. government’s international family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) program, last week’s mid-term congressional elections turned out even worse than most observers had anticipated, particularly in the Senate. For the first time, FP/RH advocates may not … Continue Reading

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

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The Key to Success on Maternal Health? Complete Access to Reproductive Health Services

Last week the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced the appointment of a Child and Maternal Survival Coordinator. The position is a new one for the agency and will be responsible for helping USAID in their work to … 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

U.S. Foreign Assistance

Advocacy in August: Because 222 Million Women Can’t Wait Until Fall

August is here and for advocates in Washington D.C., it means one of our biggest audiences, Capitol Hill, is on a month-long hiatus. As Members of Congress march in parades, hold town halls, and visit schools, we reflect on the … Continue Reading

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Giving Thanks and Giving Back

Happy Thanksgiving! We’re all aware today is a day for giving thanks, and tomorrow and Monday are days for getting deals. But did you know that Tuesday is a day for giving back? Well, you do now. Next Tuesday, Dec. … Continue Reading