Under previous administrations, restrictions on funding under the Global Gag Rule totaled around $575 million. Under Trump, those restrictions have extended to $8.8 billion—and women around the world are paying the price with their health and their lives.
Mike Pompeo’s alarming record leaves no doubt that, as the nation’s top diplomat, he will double-down on the Trump Administration’s war on women.
Last week, the Trump-Pence administration surpassed our historically low expectations when the State Department struck from its annual human rights report the full range of abuses and violations experienced by women and girls around the world.
Whether in our own backyard or beyond our borders, we cannot allow bad policy and funding cuts to cost women and girls their lives.
Efforts to improve contraceptive access in poorer countries resulted in the prevention of 84 million unintended pregnancies, 26 million unsafe abortions and 125,000 maternal deaths in one year alone.
A representative from the U.S. announced to the UN that “we do not recognize abortion as a method of family planning, nor do we support abortion in our reproductive health assistance.”
Rangel Fellows are overwhelmingly women and people of color. This week, the State Department severed ties with them.
Trump’s budget is bad for development, multilateralism and—most especially—for women and girls.
The division of abortion from women’s equality in the United States—now embedded for over 47 years—is unlike anywhere else in the world, and it has been harming women at home and abroad for decades.
Abortion is an emotionally charged issue—not just for those who oppose it. I find it disgusting that white men continue to believe that they have the knowledge, power and political capital to legislate a simple and safe medical procedure for women.