The nomination of William P. Barr for US Attorney General continues the Trump-Pence administration’s trend of nominating ideologues to critical posts responsible for protecting the rule of law and civil rights. “Barr’s history of hostility toward women, immigrants, and people living with HIV and AIDS make him an unfit candidate for US Attorney General," said IWHC Director of Advocacy and Policy Shannon Kowalski.
The nomination of Heather Nauert as US ambassador to the United Nations signals a continuation of the Trump administration’s regressive policies at the UN. “There is nothing in Nauert’s record to suggest that she would restrain the administration’s efforts to censor language or to undermine and remove UN commitments on gender equality, sexuality education, and sexual and reproductive health and rights,” Kowalski notes.
The Trump-Pence administration continues to gut global health, but human rights organizations are fighting back. This edition of the Trumping Women's Rights Digest looks at efforts to hold the administration to account, and details its continued attempts to undermine commitments to sexual and reproductive health and rights.
On December 6, 2018, the International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC), the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), the Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE), and the Open Society Foundations, together with more than 80 organizations, sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urging him to end censorship of US diplomats on issues…
From its behavior at the United Nations to its use of religious liberty to undermine health care, the Trump-Pence administration erodes women's rights at every turn. Do the US midterm elections provide an opportunity to push back against the administration's dangerous policies?
IWHC is proud to join more than 100 reproductive health, rights, and justice organizations in outlining a bold, proactive vision for lawmakers to deliver on sexual and reproductive health and rights. This vision statement is phase one of an unprecedented, collective effort to work towards policy change in service of women and girls around the world.
Human rights are under renewed threat as the Trump-Pence administration considers instituting a narrow and binary definition of gender that discriminates against and attempts to erase transgender people. IWHC stands in solidarity with the transgender community and joins in the fight against efforts to deny people’s humanity.
In a further blow to gender equality, new reports indicate the Trump administration is working strategically to withhold and restrict funding for United Nations organizations that protect the human rights of women and girls.
Images of pregnant women shackled around their stomachs, infants ripped from their parents’ arms, and cries from children kept in cages have come to define the Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” immigration policy. The administration’s policy shows a complete disregard for human rights and shines a spotlight on immigration as a reproductive justice issue.
IWHC urges the US Senate to reject the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to serve as associate justice of the Supreme Court. Kavanaugh has an extensive history of opposing abortion rights and women’s access to reproductive health services. His lack of respect for the legal precedent surrounding reproductive rights and access to health care should disqualify him for serving on the US’ highest court.