FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, February 12, 2018
Population Connection Action Fund’s senior vice president for media and government relations, Brian Dixon, issued the following statement on the release of Donald Trump’s FY2019 budget proposal:
“This budget proposal indicates that this administration will continue to push a dogmatic agenda to deny people everywhere access to contraceptives. According to analysts at the Kaiser Family Fund, funding for international family planning efforts will be cut in half to $302 million. And compounding the damage from the cut and Trump’s disgraceful Global Gag Rule, it calls for a new emphasis on so called “fertility awareness” rather than on contraceptives. This will increase the unmet need for birth control around the world and all the harm that brings: more unintended pregnancies, more maternal and child mortality, more unsafe abortion and more impoverished families.
At home, he promises to continue the misguided attack on Planned Parenthood clinics and further restrict access to the trusted care that it provides to millions of American families.
This budget confirms that Trump and his cronies in his White House of ill-repute are hell-bent on substituting religious dogma for evidence and that the gratuitous cruelty of their first year can be expected in the second as well.
It doesn’t take a genius to know that real investment in family planning, reproductive health and access to contraceptives saves lives, improves health and spurs economic opportunity for people everywhere — especially women and girls. Decades of evidence bears out the claim made by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright that this investment helps build “stronger families, stronger communities and stronger countries.”
This budget is a blueprint for disaster, and we’re counting on Congress to soundly reject it.”
#Fight4HER is a grassroots campaign of Population Connection Action Fund to defend reproductive rights around the world. We demand increased access to international family planning programs to ensure that every woman and girl can make her own healthcare decisions without exceptions. www.iwillfight4her.org