Teenage motherhood, especially for girls under 15 years old, has negative health and economic impacts for both the young girls and their communities.
Last week, the House Appropriations Committee proposed to cut funding for international family planning programs and impose harmful restrictions on women’s access to essential health care — including the global gag rule and prohibiting U.S. contributions to UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund.
Weekly global roundup: a revised family code in Mali oppresses women further; Fawzia Koofi makes waves in Afghanistan and worldwide; Venezuela wrestles with a stubborn maternal mortality rate; and a call for more midwives in Zambia.
Republicans voted eleven separate times this week to block funding for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). That’s right, eleven separate times in the span of just three hours.
Today, the Senate Appropriations Committee adopted an amendment to the FY 2012 State Department and foreign operations appropriations bill introduced by Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) that, if signed into law, would block re-imposition of the Global Gag Rule.
On the heels of Vice President Biden’s recent trip to China, the leadership of the House of Representatives issued a misguided ultimatum to President Obama: defund UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, or else.
The cover story of the July 29, 2011 issue of Science Magazine is Population. We learn that in 1900 there were 1.6 billion human beings, 3 billion in 1960, and that the world will reach the benchmark of 7 billion this year.
By voting to reduce funding for international reproductive health and family planning activities, eliminate funding for the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), and reinstate the Global Gag Rule, the House threatens to turn back the clock on women’s health and has taken its disturbing war on women to a global stage.
This week, Democrat Nita Lowey introduced the Global Democracy Promotion Act, intended to permanently repeal the Global Gag Rule, while the House GOP/Tea Party majority is using every means possible to enshrine it permanently into law.
The Republican/Tea Party majorities in the House of Representatives are, literally, salivating at the prospect of cutting aid to the world’s poorest women.