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Cents and Sensibility: U.S. International Family Planning Assistance from 1965 to the Present

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Despite representing a minuscule fraction of overall discretionary spending by the federal government—six one-hundredths of one percent (0.06%) in FY 2017—U.S. international FP/RH assistance has generated disproportionate political opposition from anti-contraception activists both inside and outside the U.S. government. At the same time, the program has delivered innumerable health, social, and economic benefits to women around the world.

View our interactive graph to learn more about the history of international family planning assistance from its inception to today.

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