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Secretary Clinton testified before both the Senate Subcommittee on the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs and the House Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs on behalf the of international affairs budget. Secretary Clinton laid out the five goals of the Obama Administration in the international affairs budget, including a goal of elevating development to the same level of diplomacy and defense. Included in that goal are programs like the Global Health Initiative that, in part, is aimed at improving maternal and child health, including funding family planning. During the Senate hearing Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) asked Secretary Clinton about funding for international family planning. The Secretary gave a strong response about the importance of fully funding family planning programs, and cited improved maternal and child health as one of the reasons. Secretary Clinton went on to say that family planning is the best way to prevent unintended pregnancy and abortion.
Secretary Clinton’s response can be viewed in full here.