Pathfinder International Congratulates President Obama on Re-election
Pathfinder International congratulates President Barack Obama on his re-election as President of the United States. We look forward to continuing our collaboration with the Obama Administration to improve the sexual and reproductive health of women, men, and young people in developing countries.
“We hope that President Obama continues his support for international family planning and reproductive health during his second term,” Pathfinder President Purnima Mane said. “In these difficult economic times, it will be important for the United States to make cost-effective investments with high yields of return that also support women’s health and rights.”
Therefore, Pathfinder calls on President Obama to continue to protect US investments in women’s health and prevent them from being undermined. For every one dollar spent on family planning, four dollars in other development areas is saved. These programs help contribute to long-term global economic development, while saving and changing individual lives. It is clear that, when we invest in women, it pays.
In addition to maintaining funding for international family planning and reproductive health, Pathfinder calls on President Obama to continue his opposition to the reinstatement of the Global Gag Rule. This harmful policy requires overseas organizations receiving family planning funding to sign a contract giving up their right to use their own money to provide information, referrals, or services related to abortion that are safe and legal in their own countries. We also encourage the Obama Administration to continue its support for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). The United States helped to establish UNFPA more than 40 years ago, and the organization now provides critical services to the most vulnerable and marginalized women with healthcare services.
It is critical that US policymakers—irrespective of political party—strongly support sexual and reproductive health care. Reproductive health is essential for creating better opportunities throughout life. When people take charge of their life choices such as when and how often to have children, they can better pursue their education, contribute to the local economy, and engage in their communities. In this way, family planning and reproductive health promotes economic growth and builds stable societies.
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