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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Share the Facts to End the Stigma About Abortion

US Global Assault on Women’s Health Goes Domestic

By Katherine Olivera

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

By Katherine Olivera

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

By Shena Cavallo

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

By Nina Besser Doorley

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

By Juliana Avila

In the run-up to this year’s Commission on the Status of Women, IWHC looks at the unique challenges facing women and girls in rural areas, who are often unable to access quality sexual and reproductive health care services.

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

By Nina Besser Doorley

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.

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Alex Azar, a Toxic Choice to Lead US Health Agency

By Nina Besser Doorley

The selection of Alex Azar to head the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) represents yet another instance of the Trump Administration elevating an anti-choice man to a position of power over women’s health and bodies.

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Trump Administration Rhetoric Pursues the Denial of Reality

By Nina Besser Doorley

After a year in which White House officials have continually jettisoned facts and evidence in favor of conservative, religious ideology, a reported ban on the use of words like “transgender” and “fetus” in CDC budget documents should come as no surprise.

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Our Most Read Stories of 2017: Abortion, Global Policy, and Texts About Sex

By IWHC Staff

From the state of abortion rights to the Global Gag Rule, IWHC looks back on the blogs that rose to the top in a year of perilous policies countered by a tenacious women’s movement.

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