Once again members of Congress are playing politics with women's health around the world. Politicians with an ideological view of family planning are now trying to cut funding for contraception, reinstate the Global Gag Rule and ban funding for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
When he came into office President Obama overturned the harmful Global Gag Rule, which severely limits access to family planning and other reproductive health services in developing countries. President Obama and our Congressional champions have also worked hard to preserve support for U.S. international family planning programs and UNFPA. This funding accounts for only a small fraction of 1 percent of our budget and saves hundreds of thousands of lives.
In order to block these harmful cuts and policy restrictions, Senate leaders will need to stay strong as the bills move through Congress. We're asking Senator Harry Reid, Senate Majority Leader, Senator Barbara Mikulski, Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and Senator Patrick Leahy, Chair of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs, to stand up for family planning programs.
Sign our petition now to ask the Senate to continue to stand up for international family planning!