Countering Fake News on Trump’s Global Gag Rule

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.

Retrograde and Anti-Woman, Mike Pompeo Fits Trump Qualifications

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.

US State Department Must Keep Full Women’s Rights Focus in Human Rights Reports

  • February 22, 2018

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.

Trump’s War on Women, to be Continued in 2018

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.

8 Ultra-Conservatives Leading Trump’s War on Women

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.

Taking the Pulse of Trump’s Deadly Global Gag Rule

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.

Taking the Pulse of the Expanded Mexico City Policy

  • November 1, 2017

IWHC, together with Human Rights Watch and the Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE), hosted a webinar on the early impacts of the Global Gag Rule, which withholds US foreign aid from groups that provide abortion information, services or referrals. The webinar is based on findings presented at a Congressional briefing in October, six months after the Trump Administration rolled out the policy.

IWHC Opposes the Potential Nomination of Penny Young Nance

  • October 27, 2017

We call on the Trump Administration to abandon any efforts to nominate Nance for Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues. Her extensive record of championing policies that restrict a woman's right to choose, as well as her egregious statements against transgender rights, make her uniquely unfit and unqualified to lead US efforts to promote gender equality.

Taking the Pulse of Expanded Mexico City Policy: Impact on Global Health

  • October 18, 2017

Experts in international and women’s health services will provide a six-month review of the impact of the Trump Administration’s expansion and rebranding of the Global Gag Rule, which cuts off US foreign aid to health providers abroad that discuss abortion as a family planning option.

The US Cannot Renege on its Commitment to Democracy Worldwide

Reports say Secretary of State Tillerson has ordered the State Department to develop a new mission statement that no longer includes promoting justice and democracy abroad.