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.
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.UNFPA
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
Globally, expanding access to contraceptives contributed to a 44% reduction in maternal mortality since 1990.World Health Organization
In 2016, U.S. funding helped UNFPA prevent 947,000 unplanned pregnancies; 295,000 unsafe abortions; and 2,340 maternal deaths.
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.”
UNFPA-supported midwife in Yemen, which has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the Arab region
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.Tracking Trump