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Health and Rights of Women & Girls Worldwide is Under Siege

Leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives announce plans to zero out funds for UNFPA

New York, New York - Saturday, February 12, 2011- Yesterday evening, leadership in the United States House of Representatives announced plans to zero out funding for UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund. When compared to the President’s FY 2011 request, the proposed cuts represent a 39% cut to international family planning. UNFPA was the only UN agency singled out in the proposed cuts.

Over the last three years the United States has repositioned itself as a global leader on issues critical to UNFPA’s mandate, including maternal health, voluntary family planning and ending violence against women. This trend aligns with recent data by Harris Interactive -- 70% of Americans agree that the United States should lead the way to help women and girls in other countries who are most in need of assistance.

“The plan to eliminate U.S. funding for UNFPA, represents a misalignment of priorities amongst the House Leadership, the U.S. Administration, and the American public,” says Rita O’Connor, Chair of the Board, Americans for UNFPA.

According to a survey conducted by Harris Interactive, 9 out of 10 Americans believe that every woman on the planet deserves access to quality maternal and reproductive health care.

“We rely on Members of Congress to represent the views of their constituents; and U.S. constituents care about UNFPA’s life saving work,” says O’Connor. “This announcement calls to question whether House leadership is acting on behalf of the majority, or if leadership is imposing personal views onto the U.S. public and in turn, the women of the world,” continues O’Connor.

Americans for UNFPA urges individuals to contact their Members of Congress to voice their commitment to U.S. funding for UNFPA and their opposition to zero out funding that jeopardizes the health and dignity of women worldwide.

Americans for UNFPA invites concerned advocates to join their lobby day in Washington D.C. on May 19, 2011 to rally nationwide support for UNFPA.

Opportunities to Take Action

  • Lobby with Americans for UNFPA on May 19, 2011.
  • Stand with all of us at Americans for UNFPA and sign the petition before February 28th to save U.S. funding for UNFPA.
  • Call your Members of Congress to urge them to save funding to UNFPA! Capitol Switchboard: (202) 224-3121 or (866)220-0044


UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, provides women's health care and promotes the rights of women in over 150 countries around the world. Americans for UNFPA is dedicated to building moral, political and financial support in the United States for the work of UNFPA. UNFPA and Americans for UNFPA are committed to ensuring that every woman and girl has the right to a life full of health and dignity. When women are educated, healthy and empowered, families and communities thrive.