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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

  • Supreme Court Rules Against Contraceptive Mandate Jun. 30, 2014 - Today the Supreme Court issued its ruling in the much anticipated Hobby Lobby case. In a 5-4 split decision the Supreme Court ruled that “closely-held corporations” did not have to comply with the birth control mandate in the Affordable Care Act if that coverage would violate their religious beliefs. This ruling that allows bosses to use their own religious beliefs to deny women access to affordable birth control is a loss for women around the country. Read More »
  • Senate and House Divided on International Family Planning Aid Jun. 25, 2014 - Senate and House Appropriations Committees approved drastically different State Department and Foreign Operations appropriations bills this month. The two bills represent dramatically different futures for women around the world. Robert Walker, president of the Population Institute, says the differences between the two measures “have set the stage for another House/Senate showdown over support for international family planning assistance. The stakes, once again, are high.” A final compromise is not expected to be reached until November or later. Read More »
  • President Proposes $644 Million for International Family Planning and Reproductive Health Apr. 22, 2014 - In a time of tight budgets President Obama showed his commitment to international family planning and reproductive health by calling upon Congress to increase funding for these programs in his budget request for fiscal year 2015 (FY15). This is good news for the 222 million women in developing countries who want to avoid a pregnancy but who are not using a modern method of contraception. Read More »
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  • Sep 26, 2014
    Population Institute Celebrates World Contraception Day - The Population Institute, in honor of World Contraception Day, has released a new fact sheet and infographic detailing the ways that family planning saves the lives of women and children in the developing world. Read More »
  • Jun 20, 2014
    Population Institute Co-Hosts Summer Intern Series - On Tuesday June 17th the Population Institute held the first in a four-part series of intern receptions titled "Health, Rights, and Cupcakes." The event was held at the D.C. offices of the Population Institute in partnership with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)- Washington Office and the Universal Access Project. Interns from Congressional Offices and Non-Governmental Organizations were invited to hear speakers Dianne Stewart, Director of the Information and External Relations Division of the UNFPA, and Mike Beard, Executive Director of Advocacy at the United Nations Foundation and Global Health Director for the Better World Campaign. Read More »
  • Apr 28, 2014
    Population Institute Joins the Addis Call to Action - The Population Institute is proud to join with governments, regional and international organizations, international financial institutions, and civil society organizations in urging that the post-2015 framework actively support sexual and reproductive health and rights, including full gender equality and access to voluntary family planning services. Read More »
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  • Mulling the Motherhood Mandate Oct 29, 2014 - Of all the important decisions we make in our lives, questions about whether to have a child or not, or even when to have a child, have to be near the top of the list, and while that is true for men, it is certainly the case with women. Given the enormous personal stakes in childbearing, it is surprising that more women have not written a book about the pros and cons that go into making childbearing decisions. Read More »
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