Protect the Health of our Planet - Support International Family Planning

Over the last 100 years, the world's human population has quadrupled. And at current rates of growth we will add more people to the planet in the next 50 years than we did during the first 500,000 years of human history!

Human population growth is a critical environmental issue. It places enormous pressure on limited natural resources and exacerbates many environmental problems including deforestation, fisheries depletion, water scarcity, pollution and loss of biodiversity and habitat -- which affect the health of all species.

By providing access to basic healthcare and education, international family planning is one of most cost-effective ways to help countries voluntarily reduce population pressures, improve maternal and child health, protect the health of our environment, and ensure our children’s future well-being.

Unfortunately, as unmet need for family planning programs continues to rise drastically, U.S. funding has plummeted. The President's budget this year requested just $357 million for international family planning - an 18 percent reduction from last year's request!

This Mother’s Day is a great opportunity to show your support for international family planning. Mothers represent a promise for the future of our children – a future with love, a clean environment, good health and education.

Take Action! Please ask Congress to support increased funding for U.S. international family planning programs – such programs are essential for protecting the health of families, wildlife and the planet, now and for generations to come.


Dear Member of Congress,

As a concerned citizen I urge you to support increased funding for international family planning programs. International family planning is one of most cost-effective ways the United States can help countries voluntarily reduce population pressures, and protect the health of families, wildlife and our shared global environment. The President’s budget this year requested just $357 million for international family planning - an 18 percent reduction from the last year’s request. Inadequate funding for international family planning programs will have grave consequences for the health and well-being of women, families, wildlife and the planet for generations to come.

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U.S. voluntary family planning programs improve access to basic healthcare services and education including pre- and post-natal care and nutritional education. Family planning enables couples to determine whether, when and how often to have children, improves the health of mothers, and dramatically reduces deaths of infants and mothers. Family planning also helps reduce unintended pregnancies and consequent abortions, helps prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS and ultimately helps preserve vital natural resources and minimize food insecurity, thus limiting social, economic and political instability.

As a constituent, I strongly urge you to support increased U.S. funding for international family planning programs, which promote human health, a healthier environment and sustainable development. By funding such programs, the United States can make a significant impact in stemming the rise of poverty, hunger, environmental destruction and political instability that comes with poor health care and rapid population growth – ensuring a healthy and safe environment for ALL species!

I appreciate your attention to this request, and hope that I can count on your support.

Sincerely,

[your name]
[your address]
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