Choose a country

Latin America
North America
West Asia and Middle East

Contact details


Media statement on US withdrawing funding to UNFPA

Wednesday 05 April 2017 MSI Reproductive Choices Contraception, Press release USA

Share this publication

The United States has announced it is withdrawing funding, totalling more than $30 million, for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

The UNFPA promotes family planning in more than 150 countries, but the US state department has claimed that the organisation supports or participates in a programme of coercive abortion or involuntary sterilisation in China.

A spokesperson for Marie Stopes International said:

“This news marks a setback not just for UNFPA and organisations working in family planning, but for the international community’s shared commitment to women's rights and delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals.

"By withdrawing its funding commitments to UNFPA, the US Government is consciously turning its back on millions of women and girls in developing countries, exposing them to unintended pregnancy, unsafe abortion, and early, preventable death."

Share this

Back to news

Every woman should have the right to choose when and whether to have children.

The Global Gag Rule means millions will be left without that choice.

Add impact to your inbox

Please select what emails you'd like to receive:

By clicking 'subscribe to our emails', you accept the terms and conditions of our privacy policy and consent to receive email updates from MSI. We will not sell your data, and promise to keep your information safe. Find out more in our supporter promise.

Error! {{err}}

Success! You have successfully joined the {{successMessage}}