The Trump administration's decision to leave the Council is both extremely disappointing and entirely predictable, when viewed in concert with the president’s isolationist, “America First” foreign policy and disregard for human rights.
Evidence reveals a worrisome and growing global trend of health care providers who are refusing to deliver abortion and other sexual and reproductive health care. This phenomenon violates the ethical principle of “do no harm,” and has grave consequences for women, especially those who are already more vulnerable and marginalized. This report captures the conclusions of 45 experts from 22 countries on the ethical, legal and human consequences of policies that allow providers to deny essential and legal health care based on their individual beliefs.
IWHC welcomes today’s vote by Argentina’s Chamber of Deputies in favor of a bill that would decriminalize abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy. The bill, which our grantee partner CDD-Argentina helped shape, has renewed the hopes of feminist activists in the country.
The Trump administration's proposed Domestic Gag Rule would prohibit organizations that receive US federal funding through Title X from providing or referring women for abortion-related services. This policy, like the Global Gag Rule, threatens the health and rights of women and girls, especially those from marginalized communities.
In countries around the world, women’s reproductive health and rights are being threatened by conservative or authoritarian leaders who are pushing policies that deny women and girls control of their own bodies. These hostile environments to women’s rights need to be challenged with resistance, determination, and strategic action. Together with our supporters, we are rising up to meet attacks on women’s rights, powering up grantee partners with funding and technical assistance, and building up young advocates whose voices can transform the future.
Here at IWHC, we’ve been able to respond quickly to sustained attacks against the rights of women and girls because we’ve been leading the field in the international feminist women’s health movement for 35 years.
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.
President Trump's expanded Global Gag Rule, announced during his first week in office, is harming the most vulnerable populations, threatens progress towards integrated health systems, and is causing long-lasting damage to civil society. The International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC) is documenting the effects of the Policy's restrictions on civil society, the political climate, and women and girls, alongside grantee partners in Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa. To date, IWHC and partners have conducted 59 interviews with civil society organizations, health service providers, anti-abortion groups, and government agencies across the three project countries.
Background On January 23, 2017, President Trump issued a Presidential Memorandum stating that any foreign non-governmental organization that takes US global health funds must certify that they do not engage in abortion-related activities, including providing abortion services, counseling or referrals. The Global Gag Rule applies to what organizations do with their own, non-US government funds,…
IWHC denounces a new Trump administration rule, expected to cut off funding for clinics that provide abortion services or referrals. The policy would be a domestic iteration of the Global Gag Rule, which forbids any NGO receiving US global health funds from providing abortion services, information, or referrals, even with their own, non-US funding.
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.