Impact of repealing the Helms Amendment

Repealing the Helms Amendment would enable use of U.S. foreign assistance for safe abortion services. In 33 countries receiving U.S. support for family planning, this could result in 19 million fewer unsafe abortions per year, 17,000 fewer maternal deaths per year, 12 million fewer women per year with abortion complications requiring medical treatment and net health system savings of $641 million annually

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The estimates in this infographic are based on Sully E et al., Adding It Up: Investing in Sexual and Reproductive Health 2019, New York: Guttmacher Institute, 2020. Sources and methodological details can be found in the accompanying methodology report