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…

State Department Human Rights Reports Conceal Abuses of Reproductive Rights

  • March 13, 2019

IWHC condemns the absence of reproductive rights in the State Department’s annual Human Rights Reports, released today. The continued omission confirms that the Trump administration does not value women’s rights or health, and undermines US leadership on human rights.

Currie Can’t Fix the Administration’s Anti-Women Agenda

  • March 8, 2019

As the world celebrated International Women’s Day, the Trump administration announced the nomination of Kelley Currie to ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues. IWHC has serious concerns about the selection of Currie, a political appointee with no history of leadership on women’s rights or gender, by an administration that is in no position to lead on these issues.

Reproductive Rights Are Human Rights, the Deadly Global Gag Rules Comes Home, and Women’s “Empowerment”

Congress introduces a bill to enshrine reproductive rights as human rights while the administration moves to implement a dangerous Domestic Gag Rule and misses the mark on women's empowerment. All this and more in the latest edition of the Trumping Women's Rights Digest.

Reproductive Rights Are Human Rights

  • March 7, 2019

IWHC applauds the introduction of the Reproductive Rights Are Human Rights Act to US Congress. The bill would force the Trump administration to reinstate reporting on reproductive rights in the annual US State Department Human Rights Reports, which serve as a valuable tool for diplomats and advocates to hold governments accountable.

US Administration’s Anti-Choice Ideology Challenged at Home and Abroad

Can we finally end the Global Gag Rule? And, what does the latest turnover at the State Department mean for global sexual and reproductive health and rights? Find out in this edition of the Trumping Women’s Rights Digest.

Barr’s Nomination Strikes Another Blow Against Justice

  • December 7, 2018

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.

Nauert’s Nomination Signals Continuation of the Status Quo at the UN

  • December 7, 2018

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.

Gutting Global Reproductive Health, US Continues Its Assault

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.

Reproductive Rights Organizations Lay Out Joint Vision for Proactive Policy Change

  • November 15, 2018

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.