Family Planning in all accounts

$622.5 million*

Minimum Requirement for American Leadership

U.S. investment in family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) services improves maternal and child health, reduces unintended pregnancies, prevents unsafe abortion, lowers HIV infection rates, and promotes women’s and girls’ rights.

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Justification for Funding

  • Currently, an estimated 308,000 women in developing countries die each year from pregnancy-related causes, and unsafe abortion continues to be a major cause of these unacceptably high maternal mortality rates.
  • Despite global investments, an estimated 214 million women in developing countries want to delay or avoid pregnancy but face significant barriers to using modern contraceptive methods.

Cost of Cuts Below $622.5 Million

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  • For every cut of $10 million in U.S. international FP/RH assistance, the following would result:
    • 414,000 fewer women and couples would receive contraceptive services and supplies;
    • 123,000 more unintended pregnancies, including 55,000 more unplanned births, would occur;
    • 52,000 more abortions would take place (the majority of which are provided under unsafe conditions); and
    • 250 more maternal deaths would occur.
  • Conversely, every additional dollar spent on contraceptive services will save $2.22 in pregnancy-related care.
  • Investments in FP/RH are integral to the future progress of U.S. global health programs, in particular achieving the goals of important initiatives to improve maternal, newborn and child health and combat HIV/AIDS (President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief [PEPFAR] and DREAMS).


$1.5 billion

Opportunity to Catalyze American Leadership


Justification for Additional Funding

Impact of Additional Funding

70,000 fewer maternal and 500,000 newborn deaths would occur if the unmet need for contraception decreased unintended pregnancies by 70% and unsafe abortion by 74%.

  • This recommended level positions the U.S. as the leader in the global effort to fulfill unmet needs for modern contraception for 214 million women in developing countries.
  • The 140 percent increase above the minimum need figure is calculated based on the funding targets agreed to at the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development, which specified that one-third of the financial resources necessary to provide reproductive health care should be furnished by donor countries and two-thirds by the developing nations themselves.
  • The U.S. share of the cost based on its percentage of total donor country income equals $1.5 billion. Other donor governments and developing nations would be responsible for $9.5 billion.
  • Scaling up voluntary family planning between 2013 and 2020 in the U.S. government’s 24 priority countries would avert 7 million newborn and child deaths and 450,000 maternal deaths by preventing unintended and high-risk pregnancies.

*FY18 Senate-Approved Appropriation

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