Freedom from abuse and violence is a human right that we will continue to fight for at every forum, including the Sex Worker Freedom Festival, which is on at Kolkata at the same time as the International AIDS Conference takes place in Washington DC.
In July, Washington, D.C. will host a conference on HIV/AIDS, where participants will gather to discuss to the latest science and policy of HIV treatment and prevention. Yet the country’s immigration policy denies entry to those disproportionately affected by the pandemic—people dependent on drugs—because of their medical condition.
Drug users and sex workers represent the majority of people living with HIV in many countries, and are among the most at-risk of infection everywhere. The irony of allowing people living with HIV to the conference while refusing those likeliest to be—or become—infected has not been lost on everyone.
Dear Representative Trent Franks and other anti-choice politicians: Stop claiming you care about women and babies. You didn’t care about me when I was raped, and you don’t care about the suffering of American people. How dare you suggest otherwise.
H.R. 3803, sponsored by Congressman Trent Franks (R-AZ), denies a woman access to a medically necessary abortion and includes no exceptions for situations where continuing a pregnancy will place at risk a woman’s health or ability to have children in the future.
As the House Judiciary Committee prepares to mark up the D.C. 20-week abortion ban, the District’s sole representative tells the GOP to stop using the women of the city as their pawns.
Thumbing their nose at the House budget, the Senate has written their own version that reverses the ban on allowing the city to fund abortions.
Although a large portion of the GOP expressed concerns that the nominee may be favorable to reproductive rights, a handful of Republicans joined with Democrats to let the process continue.
Apparently the 20-week ban and Medicaid abortion bans were just the warm up act. It seems a congressman who earlier angered anti-choicers may be sponsoring a bill to get back in their good graces.
The latest proposed House budget shows the Republicans are still intent on using their authority to boss around District residents.