What is the Global Gag Rule? History of the Policy On January 23, 2017, President Donald Trump issued a presidential memorandum reinstating the Mexico City Policy, also known as the Global Gag Rule. As imposed by President Trump, the policy requires all foreign NGOs to certify that they will not “perform or actively promote abortion…
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.