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The Population Institute is an international non-profit that educates policymakers and the public about population, and seeks to promote universal access to family planning information, education, and services.  Through voluntary family planning, we strive to achieve a world population in balance with a healthy global environment and resource base. 

Population News

  • Battle Lines Drawn on International Family Planning Aid Jul. 25, 2013 - Once again the House and Senate Appropriations Committees have taken diametrically opposed positions on international family planning assistance. It is a tale of two radically-different measures. The House version of the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill would drastically slash international family planning funding, prohibit funding to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and re-impose the global gag rule that prevents family planning providers from counseling or advocating for safe abortions. The Senate version of the bill would increase funding for international family planning, fully fund UNFPA, and would permanently repeal the global gag rule. Read More »
  • House Subcommittee Votes to Slash International Family Planning for FY2014 Jul. 19, 2013 - The House State-Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee today approved a steep cutback in international family planning assistance for fiscal year 2014 that begins on October 1, 2013. Read More »
  • UN Projects 9.6 Billion People by 2050 Jun. 25, 2013 - The latest population projections issued by the United Nation earlier this month suggest that world population is on a faster growth path than previously projected. The UN now projects that world population will reach 7.2 billion next month, 9.6 billion by 2050 and 10.9 billion by 2100. That projection assumes, however, that access to family planning in developing countries will continue to expand and that fertility in the least developed countries will fall from 4.53 children per woman today to 2.87 by mid-century. Read More »
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  • Jan 17, 2014
    The Lancet Calls for State Improvements in Reproductive Health - Citing the Population Institute’s just released 50-state report card on reproductive health and rights, The Lancet yesterday published an editorial urging state policymakers to expand Medicaid eligibility for reproductive health services and make comprehensive sex education available to all young people. The Lancet is one of the world’s oldest and most respected medical journals. Read More »
  • Jan 16, 2014
    Population Institute Honors 34th Annual Global Media Award Winners - Last night the Population Institute honored the winners of the 34th annual Global Media Awards competition. The recipients made a significant contribution to public discussion and understanding of population and family planning related issues. The Population Institute is proud to recognize these individuals and news outlets for their journalistic excellence and valuable insights. Read More »
  • Jan 06, 2014
    The Population Institute Releases its 2013 Report Card on Reproductive Health and Rights - The Population Institute today released its second annual report card on reproductive health and rights in the U.S., and the results were not encouraging. Thirteen states receive a failing grade, and the U.S. as a whole received a “C-.” In releasing the report card, Robert Walker, the organization’s President, said, “This year we have seen a lot of victories at the national level, but with states limiting the full scope of that progress. The major victories include: HHS ruling that Plan B One Step be made available over the counter without an age restriction, the Affordable Care Act giving women access to family planning services without a co-pay requirement, and expanded Medicaid eligibility ensuring that millions more women would be eligible to access reproductive health services. Unfortunately, at the state level, attacks on reproductive health care have continued unabated and twenty five states have refused to expand their Medicaid program denying millions of women access to health care. ” Read More »
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  • Re-Examining the Global Barriers to Reproductive Freedom Apr 17, 2014 - Every woman in the world should be able to space or limit her births. At a minimum, that means every woman should have access to the contraceptive method of her choice, whether it's a female condom, birth control pills, an IUD, sterilization or a long-acting injectable. But physical access to contraception does not guarantee reproductive freedom. For many women in the developing world the real barrier to the exercise of reproductive choice is male opposition, religious teachings, social norms, or misinformation about contraceptive options. Read More »
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