Guttmacher Institute

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Guttmacher Institute
Formation 1968
Type NGO
Purpose reproductive health, birth control
$15.8 million

The Guttmacher Institute is a non-profit organization which works to advance reproductive health through birth control, including abortion. The institute operates in the United States and globally "through an interrelated program of social science research, policy analysis, and public education".[1][2] According to their mission statement, this program aims to "generate new ideas, encourage enlightened public debate, promote sound policy and program development and, ultimately, inform individual decision making".[1]

The Institute was founded in 1968 as the Center for Family Planning Program Development, a semi-autonomous division of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. It was renamed in memory of Alan Frank Guttmacher, an Ob/Gyn and former president of Planned Parenthood. The Guttmacher Institute became an independent, non-profit corporation in 1977 under the direction of Frederick S. Jaffe.[3]

The institute has offices in both New York City and Washington, D.C. Its annual revenue in 2012 was over US$22 million, with expenses of $15.3 million and an asset reserve of over $36.3 million.[4] The institute produces two peer reviewed periodicals, International Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, in addition to a third periodical on public policy, The Guttmacher Policy Review.[5] It reported in 2013 that it had been awarded a Population Center grant by the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) in support of the Guttmacher Center for Population Research Innovation and Dissemination.[6]


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