Family Planning and Reproductive Health in the United States
Youth leaders prepare for the Asian Communities for Reproductive Justice Conference. Photo: Anthony Dimaano
Rates of abortion, sexually transmitted infections, and teen
pregnancy in the United States are among the highest of all
industrialized countries. Almost half the 6.3 million pregnancies in the
United States each year are unintended. The burden of poor reproductive
health falls particularly hard on teens, those with low incomes, and
women of color.
The Foundation makes grants to organizations working to promote the reproductive health of Americans, to support their full access to services and education, and to assure that they are able to exercise their rights. Particular emphasis is placed on grants that reach America’s increasingly diverse population.
In early 2007, the Hewlett Foundation launched a ten-year initiative
to dramatically reduce unplanned pregnancy in the United States. By
reducing unplanned pregnancies, child and family well-being will
improve; there will be less poverty, lower public sector costs, and far
fewer abortions. This initiative will focus particular effort on
reaching young adults in their twenties, as they have the majority of
unplanned pregnancies. For more information, please visit http://www.thenc.org.
The Global Development and Population Program does not accept unsolicited Letters of Inquiry for its Domestic Family Planning and Reproductive Health grantmaking.