Women are critical to the success of Democratic candidates. These voters might be forgiven for being unclear about whether those for whom they vote actually mean to keep their promises when they get into office.
It’s time for U.S. advocates who condemn other governments that force women and girls to carry pregnancies to term to look at our own sexual and reproductive health policies, starting with the Helms Amendment, a funding restriction that turned 42 on Thursday.
Martin O’Malley released his health-care platform promising universal contraceptive coverage, Marco Rubio shifted his position on allowing exceptions to abortion bans, Hillary Clinton suggested that the Helms Amendment be reevaluated, and Republicans convened in Iowa to complain that their attacks on abortion aren’t gaining traction because of political correctness.
A group of pro-choice legislators on Thursday helped stop a Senate committee from cutting international family planning funding and reinstating the “global gag rule.”
Reproductive rights organizations are calling on President Obama to fix a global health policy that is restricting women’s access to abortion more than the law actually requires.
Even though the 113th Congress was the least productive in modern history, it did manage to do some work to proactively fight for reproductive rights.
The international human rights and global health communities gathered with policy-makers and government leaders last month in Washington D.C. to make the case for universal abortion access. This unheralded collaboration arrives on the heels of another first: a report from the UN secretary-general
calling for access to safe abortion.
Nearly all of the 47,000 women who die each year from an unsafe abortion live in developing countries. Our domestic policy contributes to that statistic.
How is it possible that U.S. foreign aid, which does so much good around the world, can also prevent a woman from receiving an abortion that is legal in her own country?
Around the world — even here in Pennsylvania — women face obstacles to legitimate medical care, including preventive services like contraception, prenatal care and safe abortion care. However, such obstacles — legal and financial barriers, social stigma or language barriers — do not affect all women equally.