President Proposes $644 Million for International Family Planning and Reproductive Health
April 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.
The President's budget asks for $644.3 million in bilateral and multilateral funding for international family planning and reproductive health programs, including $35.3 million for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). This represents a 6% increase over what was appropriated in FY2014, $610 million, and is $9 million more than what the President proposed last year.
The Administration’s proposed funding, while an increase over the FY14 appropriation level, falls short of the $1 billion appropriation level endorsed by the International Family Planning Coalition.
Commenting on the release of the President's budget, Robert Walker, president of the Population Institute, said, “I am disappointed that the Administration’s budget does not call for the full $1 billion recommended by family planning advocates, but the President is clearly committed to expanding U.S. support for family planning. Meanwhile, Congressional opponents of contraception are gearing up for renewed attacks on family planning, including cuts in funding and proposed policy restrictions. All those who care about women and their access to family planning and reproductive health services need to make their voices heard.”