Mortensen’s Nomination Strikes Another Blow for US Reproductive Health Policy

Trump's pick to helm US State Department offices tasked with protecting refugees and victims of conflict is an anti-immigrant hardliner and ideologue. In light of the abusive US border policies enacted in recent weeks, this appointment represents yet another step away from fundamental standards of human rights.

US Global Assault on Women’s Health Goes Domestic

The Trump administration's proposed Domestic Gag Rule would prohibit organizations that receive US federal funding through Title X from providing or referring women for abortion-related services. This policy, like the Global Gag Rule, threatens the health and rights of women and girls, especially those from marginalized communities.

Year One of Trump’s Global Gag Rule Creates Deadly Mix of Confusion, Stigma, and Health Service Fragmentation

  • May 30, 2018

One year after its implementation, the Trump administration’s Global Gag Rule is causing profound structural shifts that threaten the health of millions, particularly vulnerable women and girls, according to a new IWHC report.

Trump’s Domestic Gag Rule Would Expand Deadly Policy

  • May 18, 2018

IWHC denounces a new Trump administration rule, expected to cut off funding for clinics that provide abortion services or referrals. The policy would be a domestic iteration of the Global Gag Rule, which forbids any NGO receiving US global health funds from providing abortion services, information, or referrals, even with their own, non-US funding.

By Removing Reproductive Rights, State Department Sets a Dangerous Precedent in US Human Rights Reports

The US State Department's recently released Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2017 were edited to reflect the Trump administration’s disregard for reproductive rights by eliminating comprehensive reporting on these issues. This sends the unmistakable signal that violations of reproductive rights do not matter.

Retrograde and Anti-Woman, Mike Pompeo Fits Trump Qualifications

Trump's pick to head the US State Department has an abysmal record on women’s health and LGBTQ rights, and joins a long list of ultra-conservative ideologues who have been elevated to powerful positions under the current administration.

Harmful and Deadly: Child Marriage and Maternal Mortality in Rural Settings

  • March 14, 2018

During the UN Commission on the Status of Women, IWHC hosted a side event that explored the deadly links between maternal mortality and child, early, and forced marriage. The panel featured women's rights activists from Cameroon, Nepal, and Pakistan.

Going Rural: The Case for Access to Reproductive Health Care

In the run-up to this year's Commission on the Status of Women, IWHC looks at the unique challenges facing women and girls in rural areas, who are often unable to access quality sexual and reproductive health care services.

US State Department Must Keep Full Women’s Rights Focus in Human Rights Reports

  • February 22, 2018

IWHC is alarmed by reports that the US Department of State will pare back critical analysis on the state of women’s reproductive rights, including access to contraception and abortion, in its annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices.

Trump Administration Enshrines Discrimination in Health Care

  • January 19, 2018

The creation of a new office within the US Department of Health and Human Services to support medical professionals who refuse to provide health care to women and trans people under the guise of moral or religious objections is the latest in a string of attacks on sexual and reproductive rights.