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Sept. 28th: International Safe Abortion Day
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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 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.Read More
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Actions Around the World
Events and actions by IWHC grantee partners, grouped by region
- In South Africa—which celebrates the 20-year anniversary of the “Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act”—the Sexual and Reproductive Justice Coalition is hosting a series of panel discussions on how to further action for safe abortion. While the country has one of the world’s most progressive abortion laws, it is not fully implemented and stigma around abortion persists.
- In Nigeria, Generation Initiative for Women and Youth Network (GIWYN), in conjunction with the National Coalition for Reproductive Justice (NCRJ), are organizing a community resistance event and publishing an article on the Global Gag Rule.
- The Asia Safe Abortion Partnership will be holding a virtual film festival of short films and videos from their “Let’s Talk Abortion” series.
- CREA, in partnership with Global Health Strategies (GHS), is launching a campaign to address unsafe abortion from the point of view of access to services and barriers within the health system.
- ASTRA, the Central and Eastern European Women’s Network for Sexual and Reproductive Rights and Health, will present stories of women who participated in Poland’s successful “Black Monday” protests last year. Public outrage at a bill that would have banned abortion in almost all circumstances forced the government to table it.
- Católicas por el Derecho a Decidir-Argentina (“Catholics for the Right to Decide-Argentina”) and a national pro-choice network it leads are coordinating September 28 activities for Latin America.
- Mujer y Salud en Uruguay (MYSU) will release data on conscientious objection to abortion, a growing trend in Latin America and other parts of the world.
- In Brazil, the organizations Católicas pelo Direito de Decidir-Brazil (“Catholics for the Right to Decide-Brazil”), Grupo Curumim, Anis-Institute of Bioethics, Human Rights and Gender, and other groups will be participating in a virtual chat using the hashtag #PrecisamosFalarSobreAborto (“#WeNeedToTalkAboutAbortion”) on September 27th and then take to the streets on September 28th.