United States UN Ambassador Susan Rice: "The U.S. is back."

In a powerful speech at New York University’s Center for Global Affairs yesterday, Ambassador Susan Rice emphasized the U.S. Administration’s renewed commitment to engaging at the UN and working with–rather than against- governments  to ensure human security and achieve progress on major global challenges.   “Through word and deed,” said Ambassador Rice  “the United…

US Leadership on Reproductive Health at the United Nations

After eight years of failed leadership, the US renewed its commitment to reproductive health and the goals and aspirations of the International Conference on Population and Development’s (ICPD) Program of Action. During its statement at the United Nations Commission on Population and Development, the US strongly articulated its…

Rejoining the Global Community in Funding UNFPA

The Department of State announced that it will contribute $50 million to UNFPA, the amount appropriated by Congress for FY2009. This decision is one indication of the Obama Administration’s strong commitment to international family planning, women’s health, and global development. With its renewed funding for UNFPA, the US has joined the international community…

Expanding Access to Contraceptives – Reversing the Ban on MSI

A Bush Administration policy to block Marie Stopes International (MSI), one of the world’s leading family planning organizations from being able to provide US-funded contraceptives in six African countries was reversed by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). In some of these countries, MSI delivers nearly a third of all family planning…

Affordable Birth Control

In 2005 Congress unintentionally sent birth control prices skyrocketing with a flawed provision in a bill, low income women and college students have had additional barriers to accessing affordable birth control in the United States. Congress stood up for women’s health by including the fix for affordable birth control in the Omnibus Appropriations Act.

White House Council on Women and Girls

President Obama created the White House Council on Women and Girls by an Executive Order. The mission of the Council is to provide a coordinated federal response to the challenges confronted by women and girls in the United States and globally. The…

Repealing Controversial 'Right of Conscience' Rule

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) filed a proposal to rescind in its entirety a harmful regulation put in place by outgoing President Bush. The Bush Administration regulation expanded the federal refusal or “conscience” clause that would limit patients access to contraceptives, tubal ligations and abortion services. The desires of health care…

Medicaid Family Planning and the Stimulus Package

When the $787 billion stimulus bill was passed by US Congress, funding for family planning was notably missing from the package. Information and services to ensure that women can freely decide when, if, and how many children to have – all vital to attaining a healthy and economically productive life – was stripped from the…

Global Gag Rule Rescinded

The Global Gag Rule (GGR), otherwise known as the Mexico City Policy, was reversed by President Obama by an Executive Order. The GGR required organizations receiving US funding to provide family planning services to withhold information, services, or referrals related to abortion, even if an…