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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 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 »
  • Dec 18, 2013
    Population Institute Names 34th Annual Global Media Award Winners - The Population Institute today is pleased to announce 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 »
  • Jul 01, 2013
    Population Institute Co-Hosts Summer Intern Series - This summer the Population Institute, in partnership with the United Nations Population Fund- Washington Office and the Universal Access Project, is hosting a two-part intern reception series titled “Health, Rights, and Cupcakes.” The first reception, which took place at the offices of the Population Institute last week, focused on female genital mutilation/cutting. The June 26 briefing gave Washington-area interns an opportunity to learn about this widespread abuse of human rights and international efforts to curb it. The second reception, which will take place on July 10th, will focus on adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive health and rights. Read More »
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  • When in Doubt Fallback to the War on Women Sep 30, 2013 - Saturday night House Republicans decided to double down on their idea that they would not fund the government unless Obamacare was defunded for a year, an idea previously rejected by the Senate. However they did not stop there, they added in a “conscience clause” that would allow employers and insurers to opt out of preventative care for women if they find it objectionable on moral or religious grounds. While the provision is clearly aimed at contraceptive coverage, it would also affect any preventative care for women that the employer/insurer finds morally objectionable. Read More »
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