I first met Fatima and her four young children at a coffee shop in downtown Amman in the summer of 2014. With tears in her eyes and her youngest son asleep in her arms, she recounted the details of her harrowing escape from Syria’s southwestern Daraa province and her experience crossing the border into Jordan.
New lawmakers in Congress were eager to challenge Trump’s Global Gag Rule—but Presidential memoranda are not the only barriers to bringing U.S. foreign assistance policy in line with international human rights and humanitarian law.
When developed countries politicize the female body, those of us in developing countries feel the effects.
In its latest attack on reproductive rights, the Trump administration has proposed a new rule prohibiting women’s health clinics that receive federal funding under Title X from “performing, promoting, referring for or supporting abortion as a method of family planning.”
An HIV/AIDS-reduction program saving the lives of women and girls worldwide is at risk under Trump’s Global Gag Rule—and serves as a testament to the ground we can lose when data doesn’t drive drive policymaking.
The State Department’s Country Report on Human Rights Practices provides a detailed account each year of the status of human rights policies around the world. But the first version to be released under the Trump Administration didn’t include any coverage of reproductive health and rights.
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.