1. The controversial Global Gag Rule prohibits international family planning organizations receiving U.S. aid from providing information, counseling, or referrals related to abortion—even if using their own non-U.S. funding and even if the practices are legal in their own countries..

    When reinstated as a matter of law, the GGR has terrible consequences for women and their families. While it was in effect between 2001 and 2009, the policy forced clinics to cut back on a range of critical health services that have nothing to do with abortion, such as family planning, obstetric care, HIV testing, and malaria treatment.

    The GGR was first adopted in 1984 by President Ronald Reagan but has since been removed and reinstated several times. President Obama rescinded the policy when he took office in January 2009. President Donald J. Trump reinstated the Global Gag Rule in 2017.

    Learn more at http://www.engenderhealth.org/globalgag

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  2. From the beginning of time, women have wanted to decide for themselves if and when to have children. As a result, they’ve endured some of history’s worst contraceptives. It’ll make you say, “Ewww.”

    So, WTFP?! Where's The Family Planning?! Visit http://wheresthefp.org for more information.

    The WTFP?! Campaign is brought to you by EngenderHealth. Around the world, EngenderHealth has proven that family planning services can be safe, effective, and affordable—even in resource-poor settings. We are passionate about putting the power of family planning into women’s hands worldwide, because when women thrive, so do their families and communities. When women have access to health care and family planning, they tend to go further in their education, earn more, and have healthier children. For more information, visit http://www.engenderhealth.org .

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  3. For more info: http://www.maternalhealthtaskforce.org

    The Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth contributes to shaping collective efforts to improve maternal health worldwide. Supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Task Force serves as a catalyst to address one of the most neglected areas in global health.

    Maternal morbidity and mortality rates remain unacceptably high across the developing world. Every minute, a woman dies from complications related to childbirth or pregnancy. While most maternal deaths are preventable, poor health services and scarce resources limit women's access to life-saving, high-quality care. Although there have been some notable advances, efforts to adequately address maternal health remain fragmented, and the political will remains insufficient to effectively tackle the issues.

    Recognizing that real progress requires better coordination and increased global attention, Maternal Health Task Force brings together existing maternal health networks and engages new organizations to facilitate global coordination of maternal health programs. The Task Force does not duplicate or replace existing projects, but plays a complementary role by convening stakeholders and creating an inclusive setting to engage in dialogue, build consensus, and share information.

    The Task Force provides a new forum dedicated specifically to maternal health, while reaching out to leaders from allied fields—including neonatal and child health, reproductive health, human rights, and HIV/AIDS—to devise innovative solutions to maternal morbidity and mortality. As a key component of the initiative, partners in developing countries play a central role in setting the agenda. The Task Force works very closely with the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health and other critical partners in this field.

    The MHTF will engage organizations, individuals, and other partners that work at both the global and country level. It will also reach out to organizations and individuals in allied fields, such as family planning, reproductive heath, HIV/AIDS, newborn and child health, education, human rights and others in order to both contribute to their work and learn from their expertise. The MHTF will coordinate a set of activities identified as priorities for the maternal health field, promote collaboration among its constituents, and catalyze action around three thematic areas:

    - Evidence
    - Programs
    - Policy

    It will accomplish this through identifying knowledge gaps and filling them, sharing information, providing opportunities for interaction and consensus building, nurturing young champions for maternal health, and compiling and disseminating a range of useful tools. Priority will be given to activities that contribute to the building of a stronger evidence base for maternal health, greater consensus in the field, new thinking and approaches that will move the field forward, and improvements in coordination and collaboration. It is expected that these activities will lead to improvements in policies, programs, and priorities at both the country and global levels, although it is acknowledged that there is often a large gap between the generation of new knowledge and its use in policies and programs. If this gap can be bridged, policies and programs will improve which, ultimately, will contribute to accelerated progress on maternal health.

    To learn more about the Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF), visit http://www.maternalhealthtaskforce.org/.

    To learn more about EngenderHealth, visit http://www.engenderhealth.org/.

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  4. As part of YouTube's Video Volunteers project, we need your help explaining why Americans should care about international family planning. We think its important, but if you have any video skills at all, wed like to see what YOU think. Read more at http://www.engenderhealth.org/afg or http://www.youtube.com/videovolunteers .

    Just make videos of any kind, upload them to YouTube as public, then e-mail your video links to video@engenderhealth.org with the text YouTube Video Volunteers in the subject line. If we like the video, we'll add it to our favorites and will highlight the link on our web site. Sound good?

    For more information about the importance of family planning, take a look at http://www.3for1.org/ and http://www.engenderhealth.org/.

    © 2009 EngenderHealth. Animation and audio produced entirely by staff volunteers, friends, and family at EngenderHealth. Image credits: four images © iStockPhoto.com and Janrysavy, Video1, Jfairone, Maliketh; all other images in-house or free from stock.xchng.

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  5. http://www.3for1.org

    If you had $1 billion to change the world, what would you spend it on: easing world hunger, reducing global instability, or preserving natural resources?

    Maybe you don't have to choose: if we commit to spending $1 billion on family planning, we can make a difference in all of these areas. The cost? Less than 1/20th of 1% of the proposed 2010 budget (.03%) -- less than a penny per day per American. Visit http://www.3for1.org to tell Obama that international family planning is a priority for you -- and it should be one for him, too.

    For more information, visit http://www.3for1.org/.

    For more information about EngenderHealth, visit http://www.engenderhealth.org/.

    © 2009 EngenderHealth, all rights reserved. Visit http://www.3for1.org for full image credits.

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