Guttmacher Institute

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Guttmacher Institute
Formation1968; 54 years ago (1968) (as Center for Family Planning Program Development)
Purposereproductive health, birth control
Region served
United States and globally
Herminia Palacio
$19 million

The Guttmacher Institute is a research and policy NGO that aims to improve sexual and reproductive health and rights worldwide.[1][2] This research organization was started in 1968 and works to study, educate, and advance sexual and reproductive health and rights.[3][4] The organization works mainly in the United States but also focuses on developing countries.[4] Founded as part of Planned Parenthood, the Guttmacher Institute became independent from Planned Parenthood in 2007.

The Guttmacher Institute uses studies to help support policy making and program reform.[4] The institute is named after obstetrician-gynecologist and former president of Planned Parenthood Alan F. Guttmacher.[5] The Guttmacher Institute has many sources of funding nationally and internationally.[4] One of the institute's biggest projects is keeping a running list of the reproductive health laws and policies throughout the United States.[4] The current CEO is Herminia Palacio.[6]


Founded in 1968, the Guttmacher Institute was originally called the Center for Family Planning Program Development and was a branch of Planned Parenthood.[5] After Alan Guttmacher's death, the Center for Family Planning Program Development was renamed and became an independent non-profit organization.[5] In 2007, the organization officially split from Planned Parenthood.[3]


The Guttmacher Institute continually updates its analysis of state and national laws and policies about contraception and abortion. The institute keeps a record of the restrictions on reproductive health that different states have put in place. The organization also keeps data about how teens are affected by pregnancy and the number of teens who use contraception.[4] Internationally, the Guttmacher Institute uses statistical models to give an approximation of abortions in places where the data is not as accessible or the abortions happen outside of the health care setting.[4]

In 2013, it was awarded a Population Center grant by the US National Institutes of Health in support of the Guttmacher Center for Population Research Innovation and Dissemination.[4] The Guttmacher Institute has received Charity Navigator’s highest 4-star rating annually since 2010.[7] In 2011 and 2013, the institute was named the number one organization in the field of reproductive health by Philanthropedia.[8]


The institute was first started in 1968 as part of Planned Parenthood, which was its sole source of funding.[3] After the Guttmacher Institute became independent from Planned Parenthood in 2007, the organization received less than 1% of its funding from Planned Parenthood in 2010.[3] Now, most of the funding is gained through private foundations based in the United States. Other funding does come from international organizations such as the World Health Organization and the World Bank.[4] The Guttmacher Institute was awarded $3.9 million between 1986 and 2015 by the MacArthur Foundation, including 13 grants in population and reproductive health.[9]


The Guttmacher Institute is not affiliated with a political party, and so it is nonpartisan in the strict sense of the word. The group work to "ensure that all women are able to exercise their reproductive rights and responsibilities", which puts them among advocates of abortion rights. According to FactCheck, Guttmacher "provides the most highly respected statistics on the sexual health of women and men. Its figures on abortion are widely cited by the media as well as by groups on both sides of the political aisle."[10]

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  1. ^ "Guttmacher Institute About". Retrieved 2022-06-27.
  2. ^ "The Decade That Dismantled Abortion Rights". BuzzFeed News. Retrieved 2020-03-10. ... reproductive rights group Guttmacher Institute ... .
  3. ^ a b c d Bass, Hannah (2012-01-25). "Guttmacher Institute". BMJ. 344: e623. doi:10.1136/bmj.e623. ISSN 0959-8138. PMID 22279095. S2CID 5319414.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i "The Guttmacher Institute: The Scientific Backbone of the Reproductive Health Community | Benefunder". Retrieved 2018-10-22.
  5. ^ a b c Valentine, Barbara. "Guttmacher Institute". College & Research Libraries News.
  6. ^ "Herminia Palacio". Guttmacher Institute. 2019-06-24. Retrieved 2022-06-21.
  7. ^ "Charity Navigator - Rating for Guttmacher Institute". Charity Navigator. Retrieved 2016-05-23.
  8. ^ "Guttmacher Institute". Philanthropedia. Retrieved 2016-05-23.
  9. ^ "Guttmacher Institute - MacArthur Foundation". Retrieved 2020-05-15.
  10. ^ "FactCheck Mailbag, Week of April 6-April 12 -". 2010-04-13. Retrieved 2018-10-26.

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