The 50 Year History of International Family Planning Assistance from the USA

December 31, 2015 • Daily Email Recap

50 YEARS OF US INTERNATIONAL FAMILY PLANNING ASSISTANCE
In 2015, the U.S. government commemorates the 50th anniversary of its involvement in providing population, family planning, and reproductive health assistance. It is no coincidence that PAI was founded in 1965, the same year that the United States began nascent funding to programs to enable women and couples to determine the number and spacing of their children by providing the information and services to do so.
In his second State of the Union Address in January of 1965, President Lyndon Johnson uttered these words: “I will seek new ways to use our knowledge to help deal with the explosion in world population and the growing scarcity in world resources.” Although his statement was rooted in concern about overpopulation and natural resource scarcity, the president’s statement gave new and deliberate priority to family planning as an issue worthy of the U.S. government’s attention and action and bolstered internal advocates within the U.S. Agency for International Development, the State Department, and the former Department of Health, Education, and Welfare.

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