To mark International Safe Abortion Day (September 28), IWHC joins a global network of activists in demanding that abortion be legal, accessible, and safe. Abortion is a normal and vital component of sexual and reproductive health. Yet, it is consistently stigmatized through culture and myths, restricted through regressive legislation and economic barriers, and politicized by conservative policymakers and activists that seek to control women’s bodies.
Judge Kavanaugh is an ideological extremist with a clear partisan agenda. He lacks the fair-mindedness necessary to serve a lifetime appointment at the highest level of the branch of government charged with making the ultimate decisions about our rights, freedoms, liberties, and the meaning of our laws and Constitution.
Throughout his tenure as the UN's top human rights official, High Commissioner Zeid has never wavered in his commitment to women’s autonomy and gender equality. From El Salvador to Saudi Arabia, he has argued for the rights of women and girls while celebrating the resiliency and achievements of women advocates.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein is a bold and tireless advocate for women's rights. Throughout his tenure he has reminded the world that it is women and girls that experience the gravest human rights abuses. High Commissioner Zeid is the recipient of the 2018 IWHC Visionary Leadership Award.
By rejecting a bill to decriminalize abortion, the Argentinean Senate missed a landmark opportunity to advance women’s rights. This disappointing outcome will not reverse the momentum for reproductive autonomy in Argentina. The demands of women have been heard and there is no going back.
Refusal of care is quickly becoming a battleground issue for the abortion rights movement and was a main topic of discussion at the recent Abortion and Reproductive Justice Conference in South Africa. Reclaiming the concept of conscience in reproductive health is crucial to combating this dangerous and unethical practice.
Diniz, an IWHC board member and the co-founder of our long-time partner ANIS, is a tireless advocate for sexual and reproductive rights in Brazil. At a moment when her country is on the cusp of a historic victory for abortion rights, with a landmark case before the country’s Supreme Court, the anti-choice movement's tactics of intimidation and threats of violence reflect the lack of substance in the arguments of those who oppose abortion.
Brazil recognizes health as a constitutional right, but the criminalization of abortion keeps this right out of reach for millions of women. A landmark case to decriminalize abortion in the first trimester, currently before Brazil’s highest court, is a crucial step towards change. IWHC president, Françoise Girard, is among the 52 international experts to testify at the Supreme Court of Brazil on August 3 and 6.
As an ardent defender of abortion rights in Peru, IWHC's grantee partner Promsex is a frequent target of right-wing conservatives. Yet a recent court ruling against a Catholic news agency that deliberately spread misinformation about Promsex is a victory for Peru's long-embattled sexual and reproductive health advocates.
Justice Kennedy's decision to step down offers the Trump administration yet another opportunity to deploy the US courts to attack women’s health and rights. Beyond the scope of US jurisprudence, Kennedy's replacement could have a profound impact on domestic conversations about international law and US foreign policy.