Care Denied; Human Rights Committee Review US; and New Leadership at the UN

Administration Promotes Refusals of Care In early May, the US Department of Health and Human Services released a new rule—Protecting Statutory Conscience Rights in Health Care—expanding protections for health providers that deny care based on personal or religious beliefs—so-called “conscientious objection.” The new rule applies to all health care facilities…

Crafting a New Policy at the UN? Unlikely Under New Nominee

  • May 3, 2019

The nomination of Kelly Knight Craft as US ambassador to the United Nations signals a continuation of the United States’ waning global leadership. Craft is a political donor, not a seasoned diplomat, and if confirmed, she is expected to uphold the administration’s strategy of using the UN system to target the rights of women and girls.

Trump Administration Escalates War on Words at the UN

Last week the United States threatened to veto a UN Security Council resolution aimed at ending sexual violence in conflict, forcing a last minute change to remove references to sexual and reproductive health services for survivors. The move represented a dangerous escalation of the Trump administration’s increasingly hardline stance at the United Nations by foisting its regressive agenda on the UN Security Council.

Forced Birth; Ivanka Goes to Africa; and the UN Leadership Gap

The Trump administration undermines women's rights and access to sexual and reproductive health care at every turn. Stay up-to-date with the latest edition of the Trumping Women's Rights Digest.

Trump Administration Expands Assault on Global Abortion Access

The Trump administration's latest attack on global abortion access includes the unprecedented use of the Siljander Amendment, which sets a dangerous precedent by attempting to force global human rights bodies to bow to US political pressure.

Destro Is a Dangerous Choice to Lead US Promotion of Democracy and Human Rights

President Trump’s nominee for the State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, Robert A. Destro, has a long history of extreme opposition to women’s and LGBTQI people’s health and rights, rendering him unfit to execute the Bureau’s mission of “promoting freedom and democracy and protecting human rights.”

Expanded Attacks on Abortion, UN Commission on the Status of Women, Human Rights Reports, and the President’s Budget Proposal

The US once again expands the Global Gag Rule, CSW ends with new commitments to women's rights, and President Trump releases his 2020 budget. All this and more in the latest edition of the Trumping Women's Rights Digest.

US Increases Attacks on Global Abortion Access

  • March 26, 2019

Today Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced a new expansion to the Global Gag Rule and invoked the Siljander amendment, placing additional restrictions on funding to multilateral institutions. IWHC unequivocally condemns the administration’s latest attempts to isolate, stigmatize, and marginalize groups working to ensure that women have access to abortion services.

UN Member States Reaffirm Commitment to Women’s Human Rights

  • March 23, 2019

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)—the largest annual gathering on women’s rights—ended yesterday with Agreed Conclusions that reaffirm states’ commitment to women’s human rights. IWHC welcomes the outcome as a significant achievement for women and girls worldwide.

Congress: US Must Promote Women’s Rights at the UN

  • March 15, 2019

IWHC supports a set of letters sent by members of US Congress to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, which urges the US delegation to the 2019 United Nations Commission on the Status of Women not to obstruct negotiations on women's sexual and reproductive rights.