Statement on House FY2020 State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs funding bill approval

For Immediate Release
May 16, 2019
Contact: Kyle Groetzinger,202-478-6138

Brian Dixon, senior vice president of media and government relations at Population Connection Action Fund, said:

“We applaud House Appropriations Committee for approving the FY2020 State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs bill. We are especially grateful that the committee saw fit to reject two amendments to weaken the bill’s commitment to global reproductive health and family planning programs: one eliminating aid to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and another striking the provision that includes the text of the Global Health, Empowerment and Rights (HER) Act to end the Global Gag Rule once and for all.

The Global Gag Rule is having disastrous impacts around the world, and the administration’s refusal to fund UNFPA is undermining global efforts to expand access to contraceptives, provide emergency obstetric care in disaster areas, improve maternal and infant health and raise the status of girls and women. It was gratifying to see the majority dismiss the misleading and disingenuous arguments of the amendment supporters.

Ensuring access to reproductive health care is a crucial element of improving global health and of building healthier, safer and more prosperous families, communities and countries. It needs to be a foreign policy and foreign assistance priority. And this bill makes sure that it is.”