Year One of Trump’s Global Gag Rule Creates Deadly Mix of Confusion, Stigma, and Health Service Fragmentation
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.
Monica Oguttu, the 2018 recipient of the Joan B. Dunlop Award, leads the Kisumu Medical and Education Trust (KMET), an IWHC grantee partner organization that provides comprehensive reproductive health services, and advocates for the rights of women and girls in Kenya.
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.
IWHC strongly urges the US Senate to reject the nomination of Mike Pompeo for Secretary of State. Pompeo, currently the CIA Director, has a history of promoting bigotry and undermining human rights, including the rights of women and LGBTQ individuals.
IWHC's findings on the effects of the policy, which are grounded in the experiences and expertise of our partners, differ dramatically from the conclusions reached by the US State Department in its 6-month review.
Trump's pick to head the US State Department has an abysmal record on women’s health and LGBTQ rights, and joins a long list of ultra-conservative ideologues who have been elevated to powerful positions under the current administration.
IWHC is alarmed by reports that the US Department of State will pare back critical analysis on the state of women’s reproductive rights, including access to contraception and abortion, in its annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices.
From day one, Trump has used the full power of the executive branch to target sexual and reproductive health and rights. There is every indication that 2018 will bring a continued conservative offensive from an administration determined to pursue policy driven by ideology rather than by evidence.
One year after the election, it has become clear that the new presidential Administration staunchly pursues one priority: removing policies that protect the rights of women and girls while ensuring that right-wing ideologues with extreme, retrograde views are positioned to decide on women’s bodies and lives.
IWHC recently launched a new research project to study the impacts of the Trump Administration's "Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance" policy in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa. Based on the early findings of this project, IWHC submitted comments to the US government and participated in a six-month review on Capitol Hill.