Center for Biological Diversity

Tell Congress: Support Women's Health, Fight Overpopulation

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The U.S. House of Representatives has voted to cut funds that support women's health clinics across the U.S. and around the world. This short-sighted approach to budget-cutting not only hurts women in this country but also eliminates a crucial tool in addressing unsustainable human population growth. Overpopulation is a major factor driving species extinction, climate change and natural resource depletion.

As this funding bill heads to the Senate, tell your U.S. representatives that, for the sake of women's health and the health of our planet, funds to women's health programs need to be restored in the upcoming continuing resolution bill.

For many women, subsidized community health programs, such as those provided by Planned Parenthood and the United Nations Population Fund, represent the only access they have to reproductive services, family planning and birth control. Millions of women could lose that access if these measures pass.

This is exactly the opposite of what needs to happen if we want to reduce the 50 percent of U.S. pregnancies and 40 percent of pregnancies around the world that are unintended, and the millions of extra births that result. Congress should be expanding these programs, not cutting them.

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Please take action by March 4, 2011.

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