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U.S. Family Planning and Abortion Requirements

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To provide an overview of the U.S. family planning and abortion legislative and policy requirements that govern U.S. foreign assistance.

Continuous Learning for USAID Staff

USAID staff, such as AORs/CORs, who complete this course may be able to claim CL credit. Please check back as this course is under review beginning July 1, 2022. Please visit OAA's Certifications and Career Development page for more information.


After completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the U.S. family planning and abortion legislative and policy requirements that govern U.S. foreign assistance;

  • Describe the application of the law and policies that impact USAID family planning programs and U.S. foreign assistance;

  • Describe actions for ensuring compliance with the laws and policies; and

  • Identify whom to contact for further information or assistance, and how to access resource materials.


The course was first published in October 2011. Significant updates were made to the course, including changing the content of the course, on June 24, 2021. To ensure that certificates of completion remain up-to-date, the course will be taken down at the end of December and republished in early January every year.

We greatly appreciate the invaluable contributions of the following individuals in developing and reviewing this course:

Ellen Starbird, Beverly Johnston, Lauren Marks, Angela Robertson, Brenda Doe, Scott Radloff, Margaret Neuse, Mary McLaughlin, Susan Pascocello, Jim Shelton, Mary Riley, Chris Davis, Megan Schmitt, Debbie Gueye, Elizabeth Bayer, Adina Hirsch, and the USAID/PRH staff who pre-tested the course and provided feedback.


  • 1 hour 30 minutes


  • Saturday, January 1, 2022

Course Authors: 

  • Evie Schumann
  • Kimberly Ocheltree
  • Tamara Bates

Course Managers: 

  • Lisa Mwaikambo, CCP

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