As leaders from around the world gather in New York for the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly to discuss urgent problems, the U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has a message for the United States: New abortion restrictions in Texas violate women’s fundamental rights.
The global gag rule bans U.S. funding to health organizations that provide or refer to abortion—regardless of what other essential health care services they provide. While the global gag rule has come and gone, one U.S. policy has remained in place: the Helms Amendment. Passed in 1973, this amendment bans the use of U.S. foreign aid funding for abortion care directly.
Now, this anti-choice policy might be on the way out.
Wherever they live, whatever the laws of their countries, women will terminate unintended pregnancies, so access to a safe abortion must be included in essential health care.
With new restrictions on abortion headed to the Supreme Court, many are wondering what it will mean for women if Roe v. Wade is overturned. We looked to other countries for answers.