Cross-posted from RH Reality Check. Few examples of U.S. foreign assistance provide benefits as tangible, cost-effective, life-saving, and critical for both the United States and aid recipients as do international family planning and reproductive health services. Women and families across the developing world are healthier and stronger -- and societies are more stable -- as a result of access to basic health services. According to the Guttmacher Institute [PDF], for every $10 million invested in international family planning and reproductive health: 610,000 women and couples receive contraceptive services and supplies; 190,000 fewer unintended pregnancies occur; 83,000 abortions are avoided; 500 …
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Rep. Nita Lowey
Rep. Nita M. Lowey (D-N.Y.) is currently serving her 12th term in Congress. She was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1988 and served in the Democratic Leadership in 2001 and 2002 as the first woman and the first New Yorker to chair the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.