International Safe Abortion Day Sept 28: Ana Paula Rosário of Odara Instituto da Mulher Negra
Ana Paula Rosário of Odara Instituto da Mulher Negra, an IWHC partner advocating for abortion rights in Brazil

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The Human Cost of the Global Gag Rule

The Global Gag Rule is a policy that prevents all foreign organizations receiving US global health aid from providing abortion services, referrals, or information—even if they use non-US funds to do so. This policy will have devastating and widespread effects, from cutting off access to contraceptives, to limiting HIV/AIDS counseling and maternal health care. In this short video, Monica Oguttu from the Kisumu Medical and Education Trust (KMET), a grantee partner of IWHC, explains the human cost of this policy for women and girls in Kenya.

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IWHC President Delivers Expert Testimony on Decisive Abortion Case in Brazil Court

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Promsex’s Victories Drive Gender Equality in Peru

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As an ardent defender of abortion rights in Peru, IWHC’s grantee partner Promsex is a frequent target of right-wing conservatives. Yet a recent court ruling against a Catholic news agency that deliberately spread misinformation about Promsex is a victory for Peru’s long-embattled sexual and reproductive health advocates.

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US Global Assault on Women’s Health Goes Domestic

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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.

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By Removing Reproductive Rights, State Department Sets a Dangerous Precedent in US Human Rights Reports

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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.

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Countering Fake News on Trump’s Global Gag Rule

By Vanessa Rios

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.

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Argentina’s Feminist Movement Edges Closer to Expanded Abortion Rights

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A newly proposed bill to decriminalize abortion has renewed the hopes of feminist activists in the country, and could be a sign of a broader shift in public opinion on abortion across Latin America.

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Retrograde and Anti-Woman, Mike Pompeo Fits Trump Qualifications

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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.

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Going Rural: The Case for Access to Reproductive Health Care

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