The International Women’s Health Coalition surveys the top 10 wins for women’s health and rights worldwide in 2009 and outlines the next steps and challenges in each area.
Health care reform is the hurricane of U.S. public debate
this year. Within that debate, access to abortion has been smack dab in the eye
of the storm. Pro-choice advocates are outraged that legislators have sought to
strip us of our ability to retain private insurance coverage for abortion
services. But what of the women who never
had that coverage in the first place? What about the low- income women in our
country who, because of the Hyde Amendment (now considered to be “abortion
neutral” so to speak), never had equal access to abortion?
Access to family planning methods would be a great boon to women in other countries. But should it be considered as a way to stop global climate change?
Despite these encouraging signals, however, the Obama administration has not yet made any notable changes to U.S. policy targeting the sexual and reproductive health of young people globally.
The old adage, think globally and act locally, is key to addressing climate change. Community-based, integrated approaches and solutions are essential to adaptation.
One unintended consequence of Massachusetts’ innovative 2007 reform legislation is reduced contraceptive access for low-income women. We can’t repeat this mistake nationally.
Integrating reproductive and sexual health services with HIV prevention is essential to ending the AIDS epidemic. Yet US policies continue to hamper effective strategies.
“When has a medical procedure exclusive to men ever been held to a vote on a floor of the United States Congress?” asks Connie Shulz. “Oh, wait, just remembered: Never.”
Thoraya Obaid, executive director of the UN Population Fund about family planning: “There is no investment in development that costs so little and brings benefits that are so far-reaching and enormous”.
We need a peaceful, purposeful, stubborn and obstinate revolution.