On the eve of World Population Day, the Washington, DC-based NGO Population Institute published a report on “Population and Climate Vulnerability”, which demonstrates important connections between population growth and society’s ability to manage climate change impacts. Climate vulnerability is a measure of how badly climate change will affect human populations and ecosystems.  World Population Day … Read More »

On International Women’s Day on March 8, and in anticipation of the White House releasing President Biden’s proposed FY2024 budget on March 9, the Population Institute has published a new report showing why the U.S. should increase its financial and policy support for sexual health and reproductive rights (SRHR) around the world. The Population Institute … Read More »

Today, rePROs Fight Back,  an initiative of the nonprofit Population Institute, released its annual 50 State Report Card on Reproductive Health and Rights covering 2022. Twenty-six states, and the US as a whole, received a failing grade.

The report card, originally created by the Population Institute over a decade ago and updated annually, tracks multiple indicators of reproductive health and rights. In 2022, US reproductive rights were decimated as the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade which protected abortion rights. 14 states banned or severely restricted access to abortion.  A total of 24 states are expected to ban abortion in the near future. According to the Guttmacher Institute, 18 million women*of reproductive age, plus more transgender and non-binary people, are now unable to access abortion in the state where they live.  Meanwhile, a Trump appointed federal judge in Texas could rule as soon as next week on a suit that could revoke FDA approval of mifepristone, potentially blocking access nationwide to a key drug used in medication abortions. Read More »

On Tuesday, November 15, 2022, it is projected that the world’s population will surpass 8 billion people. According to the UN’s World Population Prospects 2022, global population will continue to expand for decades, likely peaking around 10.4 billion by 2080. Global population reached 7 billion in 2011 and was estimated at 4 billion in 1974.  Commenting on the 8 billion population milestone, Kathleen Mogelgaard, President and CEO of the Population Institute, made the following statement: Read More »

Senator Cory Booker today introduced the Abortion is Health Care Everywhere Act. This is the first-ever legislation to repeal the Helms Amendment, a 50-year-old policy that bans the use of United States foreign assistance for abortion, putting an arbitrary line between abortion care and all other global health services. Read More »

Today, World Population Day, the United Nations Population Division released World Population Prospects 2022, which includes new projections of world population growth through 2100. The new report projects that global population will surpass 8 billion people in November of this year and will likely peak around 10.4 billion around 2080. Global population reached 7 billion on October 31, 2011. In 1950, world population was estimated at 2.6 billion. Read More »

Today the Supreme Court, in their decision on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, rejected 50 years of precedent by overturning Roe v. Wade. The decision eliminates the federal right to abortion access and sends it back to the states to decide. This will decimate abortion access in this country, as 26 states are likely to ban abortion in the wake of this decision. Read More »

Last night, Politico released a leaked draft of the Supreme Court’s majority opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization that would erase 50 years of precedent by overturning Roe v. Wade. The opinion, written by Justice Samuel Alito, says that “Roe was egregiously wrong from the start,” and that “Roe and Casey must be overruled.” If this is the final ruling, legal authority to regulate abortion will return to the states—and many states are poised to outlaw abortion altogether. Read More »

On Friday, October 22nd, the Biden-Harris administration released the very first national strategy that seeks to expand and advance gender equity and equality around the world. The strategy, established by the White House Gender Policy Council, outlines an ambitious and visionary framework to “advance gender equity and equality in domestic and foreign policy—and demonstrates that families, communities, and nations around the world stand to benefit.” Read More »

On Friday, September 24th, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA)—a major step forward in protecting abortion access on a national level. WHPA cements the right for people across the U.S. to access abortion and enables healthcare providers to provide abortion without bans or other medically unnecessary restrictions. The bill passed by a 218-211 vote. Read More »