Family Planning Funds Should Go to Anti-Malaria Efforts

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 30, 2011   |   5:52PM   |   Washington, DC

If members of Congress truly want to save kids, they would put the money normally reserved for domestic and international family planning funding, which goes to abortion groups like Planned Parenthood, to anti-malaria efforts.

That’s the message in a new video released by the Population Research Institute.

As PRI’s Steve Mosher tells

PRI has just recently released a new video, showing how family planning funding takes money away from much-needed government aid programs.

Every year, the United States government sets aside billions of dollars for aid projects in the developing world. The problem is, often times these projects end up hurting the very people that they purport to be helping. 

The developing world is crying out for aid, and oftentimes we simply don’t listen. Instead, we waste money sending them things that they don’t need, don’t want, and will never use. Things like boatloads of condoms, sent to people in Africa who will be dead of malaria before they could ever use them. Things like experimental “birth control” devices that get tested on South American women, causing infections, sterility, and even death.

Population control campaigns, under the guise of “reproductive health” or “family planning,” use public funds to promote forced abortion and sterilization campaigns across the globe.

At PRI, our job is to not only to defund these programs (which are illegal under U.S. law), but to raise awareness of other, better uses for our tax dollars. PRI’s new video shows how tax dollars could easily be spent on non-controversial aid programs instead of on divisive efforts that destroy families and harm women and children.

People in developing nations are asking for our help. The trouble is, we keep sending them the things we think they need, not the things they tell us they need.

Terrence McKeegan, an attorney with the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute, agrees.

“The folks over at Population Research Institute have produced an excellent short video on how the US should fulfill its promise from 2008 to fully fund malaria programs,” he said. “The US has consistently given more money to family planning than malaria. If the controversial family planning funding was eliminated and some of that money was given to malaria efforts, this would achieve the original funding goal for malaria programs and would actually save many children’s lives.”

The video follows: