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is the world’s largest contraception provider — and the administration blocked all U.S. funding to it

Tell Congress: Support women’s health worldwide. End the global gag rule.

Why It Matters

  • The Trump-Pence administration cut off all contributions from the United States to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

  • The move hurts UNFPA’s ability to promote reproductive health; respond to humanitarian crises; and prevent unplanned pregnancies, unsafe abortions and maternal deaths around the world.

  • Abandoning UNFPA takes away birth control from thousands of women in some of the world’s most vulnerable areas.

Key Players

Donald Trump

President of the United States

Elected to Office: 11-8-2016
Mike Pence

Vice President of the United States

Elected to Office: 11-8-2016
Mike Pompeo

Secretary of State

Nominated by Trump: 3-13-2018
Nikki Haley

Former Ambassador to the United Nations

Resigned: 10-9-2018
Bethany Kozma

Senior Advisor to the Office of Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (USAID)

Appointed by Trump: 6-29-2017

“Sometimes I had to work during airstrikes and explosions. I have to take the risk to rescue the pregnant woman's life.”

What U.S. Pullout from UNFPA Means

Women rely on UNFPA in over 150 countries, including the world’s most fragile and conflict-affected areas. In 2016 alone, U.S. funding helped UNFPA prevent 947,000 unplanned pregnancies; 295,000 unsafe abortions; and 2,340 maternal deaths.

The U.S. pullout from UNFPA means millions of people — particularly women and girls of color in developing countries in the global south — stand to lose access to contraception, as well as services that save them from obstetric fistula, HIV/AIDS, and dying in childbirth.

Background on UNFPA

Lifesaving Health Care to Women and Girls

UNFPA goes into war zones, natural disasters, refugee camps, and other crises to give women and girls health care — including contraception, lifesaving maternal care, and support for safe deliveries. It also prevents and responds to gender-based violence, child marriage, and female genital mutilation.

Contraceptives Help Reduce Maternal Mortality

Globally, expanding access to contraceptives contributed to a 44% reduction in maternal mortality since 1990.

World Health Organization
Abandoning Refugee Camp Birth Clinic

Withholding U.S. funding from UNFPA means that the U.S. is no longer supporting a safe birth clinic in Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan. The clinic has helped women fleeing violence in Syria safely deliver more than 9,000 babies.

The Hill
Global Gag Rule Worsens Effects of Defunding UNFPA

What makes defunding UNFPA even worse: The administration reinstated and expanded the global gag rule, which denies health care to women in developing countries. The global gag rule bans overseas groups from U.S. health funding if they also provide, refer, or even mention abortion with other funds.


Related Policies

Global Gag Rule