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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Last night, the Appropriations Committee of the House of Representatives voted to advance a bill with $10 billion in proposed funding cuts, which would have devastating impacts on women and girls, and US global leadership.
Earlier this year, President Trump used his fiscal year 2018 budget request to outline draconian, ideologically driven cuts with the potential to decimate U.S. programs that promote women’s health and rights. Last night, the funding debate moved to Congress.