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The Population Institute is an international non-profit that educates policymakers and the public about population, and seeks to promote universal access to family planning information, education, and services.  Through voluntary family planning, we strive to achieve a world population in balance with a healthy global environment and resource base. 

Population News

  • Supreme Court Rules Against Contraceptive Mandate Jun. 30, 2014 - Today the Supreme Court issued its ruling in the much anticipated Hobby Lobby case. In a 5-4 split decision the Supreme Court ruled that “closely-held corporations” did not have to comply with the birth control mandate in the Affordable Care Act if that coverage would violate their religious beliefs. This ruling that allows bosses to use their own religious beliefs to deny women access to affordable birth control is a loss for women around the country. Read More »
  • Senate and House Divided on International Family Planning Aid Jun. 25, 2014 - Senate and House Appropriations Committees approved drastically different State Department and Foreign Operations appropriations bills this month. The two bills represent dramatically different futures for women around the world. Robert Walker, president of the Population Institute, says the differences between the two measures “have set the stage for another House/Senate showdown over support for international family planning assistance. The stakes, once again, are high.” A final compromise is not expected to be reached until November or later. Read More »
  • President Proposes $644 Million for International Family Planning and Reproductive Health Apr. 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. Read More »
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  • Sep 26, 2014
    Population Institute Celebrates World Contraception Day - The Population Institute, in honor of World Contraception Day, has released a new fact sheet and infographic detailing the ways that family planning saves the lives of women and children in the developing world. Read More »
  • Jun 20, 2014
    Population Institute Co-Hosts Summer Intern Series - On Tuesday June 17th the Population Institute held the first in a four-part series of intern receptions titled "Health, Rights, and Cupcakes." The event was held at the D.C. offices of the Population Institute in partnership with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)- Washington Office and the Universal Access Project. Interns from Congressional Offices and Non-Governmental Organizations were invited to hear speakers Dianne Stewart, Director of the Information and External Relations Division of the UNFPA, and Mike Beard, Executive Director of Advocacy at the United Nations Foundation and Global Health Director for the Better World Campaign. Read More »
  • Apr 28, 2014
    Population Institute Joins the Addis Call to Action - The Population Institute is proud to join with governments, regional and international organizations, international financial institutions, and civil society organizations in urging that the post-2015 framework actively support sexual and reproductive health and rights, including full gender equality and access to voluntary family planning services. Read More »
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  • Child Marriage Undermines Progress on the MDGs Oct 10, 2014 - Every year 15 million girls are married before their 18th birthday. Today there are 700 million women alive who were married before their 18th birthday, and 1 in 3 of these women, about 250 million, were married before they turned 15. If we do not take urgent action to address child marriage now, by 2050 there will be 1.2 billion women in the world who will have been married before they turned 18. Tomorrow is the International Day of the Girl and it is imperative that we recommit ourselves to putting girls at the center of the development agenda. Eliminating child marriage will help us to succeed on 6 of the 8 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Read More »
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