Political Will Needed to Protect Health and Rights of Women in the Dominican Republic

Over the past few months, we’ve been monitoring the progress of Article 30 – a piece of legislation introduced in the Dominican Republic in late April and ratified in their Congress a few weeks ago. Article 30 establishes that “the right to life is inviolable from conception until death,” effectively making abortion illegal in…

Funding For Ineffective Domestic Abstinence-Only Programs Authorized

During consideration of the health care reform bill, Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) gained the support of a majority of the Senate Finance Committee to restore $50 million in funding to ineffective abstinence-only programs. The amendment passed by a vote of 12 – 11 with Senators Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) and Kent Conrad (D-ND) joining all the…

Public Option Defeated in the Senate Finance Committee

In an effort to enable a public insurance program to compete with insurance companies to provide lower-priced, reliable choices for consumers shopping for health care coverage, Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) offered an amendment during mark-up of the Senate Finance Health Reform Bill to do so.  The amendment was defeated by a vote of 15 –…

IWHC at the First Annual Meeting of the MesoAmerican Coalition for Comprehensive Sexuality Education

Last week, I attended the first Meeting of the MesoAmerican Coalition for Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) in Mexico City. The Meeting was an initiative of IPPF-RHO and the Mexican Demysex “Democracy and Sexuality”, a Mexican organization working on issues of…

Blogging from the UN: Combating Violence Against Girls

One month after the New York Times Magazine dedicated an entire issue to the discussion of why women’s rights are the cause of our time, events and meetings related to the United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York this week echoed the need for investment in women and…

Clinton Global Initiative Panel Explores Investing in Girls and Women

This week, I attended the 5th annual Meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI). Wednesday morning, I was able to watch the plenary session on investing in girls and women, which brought together a diverse group of leaders from many different sectors, including business, government, and…

5th Annual Clinton Global Initative Meeting Kicks Off in Manhattan

This week President Bill Clinton is hosting the Fifth Annual Meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), an event that brings together global leaders from business, government, academia, science, religion, and NGO’s, including numerous heads of state, former heads…

Amendment to Senate Health Reform Bill Poised to Increase Access to Family Planning, Improve Reproductive Health

Senator Baucus (D-MT), Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, included Senator Stabenow’s (D-MI) amendment to expand Medicaid coverage of family planning services into the Chairman’s Mark, which will revise the Senate Finance Health Reform Bill the Committee began marking up this week. This is a victory for reproductive health advocates…

IWHC and UNF Host Event with Authors Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn

This week, IWHC co-hosted an event with the United Nations Foundation to celebrate the release of Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, the new book by Pulitzer-Prize-winning team…

Realizing Rights: Access to Legal Abortion in India

Audacia Ray,  Online Communications and Campaigns Program Officer at IWHC, is traveling in India for two weeks with Asia Program Officer Khushbu Srivastava.  During the trip, Audacia and Khushbu will visit our partners in the region, document their work, and provide training and technical assistance, among other things. Here we bring you the second of…