Kennedy’s Retirement Places Reproductive Rights at a Crossroads

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.

Civil Society Responds to US Withdrawal from UN Human Rights Council

  • June 27, 2018

A group of 18 human rights organizations, including the International Women’s Health Coalition, responded to a letter from US Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, blaming these groups for the US decision to withdraw from the United Nations Human Rights Council. IWHC is deeply committed to ensuring the health and rights of women and girls…

Holding the Line on Global Women’s Health

  • June 25, 2018

IWHC president Françoise Girard discusses the state of sexual and reproductive rights under the Trump administration at Spotlight Health, a 3-day conference that kicks off the Aspen Ideas Festival and features innovators in the fields of health and medicine.

Withdrawal From Human Rights Council Furthers US Isolation

The Trump administration's decision to leave the Council is both extremely disappointing and entirely predictable, when viewed in concert with the president’s isolationist, “America First” foreign policy and disregard for human rights.

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 Global Gag Rule at One Year: Initial Effects and Early Implications

  • May 29, 2018

Background On January 23, 2017, President Trump issued a Presidential Memorandum stating that any foreign non-governmental organization that takes US global health funds must certify that they do not engage in abortion-related activities, including providing abortion services, counseling or referrals. The Global Gag Rule applies to what organizations do with their own, non-US government funds,…

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.