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Expanding Global Reproductive Rights

Planned Parenthood is a leader in working to eliminate barriers to basic reproductive health care services that are essential to the lives of billions of women and men worldwide.

Worldwide, limited access to health services, lack of political will, legal restrictions, cultural taboos, and harsh gender inequality all conspire to put women at risk of harm resulting from unintended pregnancy, unsafe abortion and childbirth, and sexually transmitted infections.

Here are the facts:

  • Two hundred million women who wish to avoid or delay pregnancy do not have access to modern contraception.
  • Every minute of every day, a woman dies from a pregnancy-related cause.
  • More than 38 million people are living with HIV/AIDS worldwide.
  • Worldwide, approximately 19 million unsafe abortions are performed annually, with the majority occurring in developing countries.

  • Key Players

    • Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME)

      Yay: Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA)

      Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME)

      Leading the fight to repeal the global gag rule in the Senate.

    • Rep. Lowey  (D-NY)

      Yay: Rep. Lowey  (D-NY)

      Leading the fight in the House of Representatives to increase funding for domestic and international family planning efforts.

Congressional Scorecard

Find out how your members of Congress voted on legislation related to reproductive health and rights.

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