U.S. Reproductive Health

Goal: To expand access to abortion, increase the use of contraception, and reduce teen and unplanned pregnancies.

Abortion, unplanned pregnancy, and teen pregnancy rates in the United States are among the highest in the industrialized world. Of 6.3 million pregnancies in the United States each year, almost half are unintended. The burden of poor family planning and a shortage of reproductive health services falls particularly hard on teens and young adults, women with low incomes, and women of color.

The Foundation makes grants to organizations working to promote family planning and reproductive rights in the United States. and to support full access to reproductive health services, abortion services, and effective sexuality education. We place particular emphasis on grants that benefit those with the greatest need.


An estimated 40 million abortions will take place in the developing world in 2012. Most of these procedures will be clandestine and unsafe, taking a terrible toll on women's lives. Reducing the number of unsafe abortions is essential for improving public health. And it's the basic right of every woman to decide whether and when to have a child—without having to put her health or life at risk.