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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The selection of Alex Azar to head the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) represents yet another instance of the Trump Administration elevating an anti-choice man to a position of power over women’s health and bodies.
The Trump Administration announced the elimination of US funding for the UNFPA, a major blow to global women’s health.
In the midst of the Zika epidemic, Brazil’s conservative Congress has seemingly done everything it can to make the situation worse for Brazilian women.
Congress finally agreed to provide badly-needed funding to halt the spread of the Zika virus. But it’s woefully inadequate.