The Population Institute is pleased to announce the appointment of Kathleen Mogelgaard as President and CEO, effective May 3, 2021. She succeeds Robert Walker, who is retiring as President and CEO after working 12 years for the Institute. Read More »


Today the non-profit Population Institute released its ninth annual 50 State Report Card on Reproductive Health and Rights. The most comprehensive assessment of its kind, the report card tracks multiple indicators of reproductive health and rights, including sex education and access to family planning and abortion services across each state. The latest report card finds that there is still a large divide between states that are prioritizing reproductive rights and access to reproductive health services versus those that are seeking to curtail them. Five states got an “A” in this year’s report card, 23 states failed, and for the second year in a row, the U.S. as a whole also failed. Read More »


Earlier this year I informed the Population Institute Board of Directors of my desire to step down as president by June 2021. In the interest of ensuring a smooth transition, the Board recently launched a search process for a new president. I am highly confident that the search will be successful in recruiting a replacement that will carry on the critically important work of the organization and expand its impact. Read More »


For the first time since the inception of the 50 State Report Card on Reproductive Health and Rights eight years ago, the U.S. as a whole has received a failing grade. The new report card covering 2019 was issued by the Population Institute today, two weeks before the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments in June Medical Services v. Gee, a Louisiana case that could result in further erosion of Roe v. Wade and abortion rights. Read More »


In observing its 50th anniversary this year, the Population Institute is celebrating the progress made in advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights. Read More »


Today, the Population Institute joins more than 150 other leading environmental and reproductive health organizations to pledge support for a first-of-its-kind campaign: Thriving Together. Read More »


Population Institute’s Report Card for 2018 Shows 19 States Getting Failing Grades Amid Continued Attacks on Reproductive Health and Rights WASHINGTON, D.C. – On the 46th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision the Population Institute is releasing its seventh annual 50-State Report Card on Reproductive Health and Rights. The grade for the U.S. as a whole remains at … Read More »


After a Year of Trump Policies, Population Institute’s Report Card on Reproductive Health/Rights for 2017 Lowers Overall U.S. Grade to a “D-” 18 States Get Failing Grade Amid Attacks on Family Planning and Birth Control    On the heels of the Trump administration’s proposed 2019 budget, which seeks to slash support for reproductive health programs, the Population Institute today released its sixth annual report card on reproductive health and … Read More »


The Population Institute today announced the winners of its 38th annual Global Media Awards. In a slight departure from previous years, this year’s winners were selected for their research, writing or reporting on topics related to the escalating political assault on reproductive health and rights in the U.S.  In announcing the awards Robert Walker, the … Read More »


The Population Institute today released “Senseless: The War on Birth Control.” The report offers an eye-opening look at how birth control opponents at the federal and state levels are mobilizing in an effort to restrict access to family planning services and information. The Trump Administration and its allies in Congress have failed, thus far, to … Read More »