Abandoning the UNFPA takes away birth control from thousands of women

The Trump-Pence administration blocked all U.S. funding to UNFPA, the world’s largest provider of contraception. The move hurts UNFPA’s ability to promote reproductive health; respond to humanitarian crises; and prevent unplanned pregnancies, unsafe abortions and maternal deaths.

In 2016, U.S. funding helped UNFPA prevent 947,000 unplanned pregnancies; 295,000 unsafe abortions; and 2,340 maternal deaths.

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Women rely on UNFPA in over 150 countries, including the world’s most fragile and conflict-affected areas.

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.

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

Rawthah

UNFPA-supported midwife in Yemen, which has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the Arab region