IWHC condemns the new restrictions on Title X family planning programs, announced today by the Trump administration. The new policy, which amounts to a Domestic Gag Rule, prohibits federal funding to Title X providers that offer abortion services or referrals.
IWHC welcomes the reintroduction of the Global HER Act in the US Congress, and urges representatives and senators to protect women's rights and health by passing the bill.
The International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC) welcomes the Kenyan government’s decision to lift the ban on abortions in Marie Stopes International clinics, and applauds the successful advocacy efforts of our grantee partner Trust for Indigenous Culture and Health (TICAH).
The nomination of William P. Barr for US Attorney General continues the Trump-Pence administration’s trend of nominating ideologues to critical posts responsible for protecting the rule of law and civil rights. “Barr’s history of hostility toward women, immigrants, and people living with HIV and AIDS make him an unfit candidate for US Attorney General," said IWHC Director of Advocacy and Policy Shannon Kowalski.
The nomination of Heather Nauert as US ambassador to the United Nations signals a continuation of the Trump administration’s regressive policies at the UN. “There is nothing in Nauert’s record to suggest that she would restrain the administration’s efforts to censor language or to undermine and remove UN commitments on gender equality, sexuality education, and sexual and reproductive health and rights,” Kowalski notes.
IWHC, the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the Center for Health and Gender Equity, and the Open Society Foundations, together with more than 80 organizations, sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urging him to stop censoring US diplomats.
IWHC is proud to join more than 100 reproductive health, rights, and justice organizations in outlining a bold, proactive vision for lawmakers to deliver on sexual and reproductive health and rights. This vision statement is phase one of an unprecedented, collective effort to work towards policy change in service of women and girls around the world.
The election of Jair Bolsonaro as president of Brazil poses a serious threat to human rights. IWHC is deeply troubled by Bolsonaro’s election and stands with the women’s movement and their continued commitment to hold the incoming government accountable.
On October 28, Brazilians will vote in a presidential election run-off between front-runner Jair Bolsonaro and Fernando Haddad. Bolsonaro's repressive views on women's and LGBTQI rights has sparked mass mobilization against his candidacy. Global experts and local advocates are available to comment on the elections, and the implications for sexual and reproductive rights, an issue targeted by Bolsonaro.
Human rights are under renewed threat as the Trump-Pence administration considers instituting a narrow and binary definition of gender that discriminates against and attempts to erase transgender people. IWHC stands in solidarity with the transgender community and joins in the fight against efforts to deny people’s humanity.