The U.S. has rejected a UN resolution aimed at preventing violence against women because it included language on access to safe abortions. The resolution expressed “outrage at the persistence and pervasiveness of all forms of violence against women and girls worldwide” and called on countries to take immediate steps to prevent gender-based violence and discrimination.
Several Latin American countries are considering relaxing their laws on abortion, including El Salvador and Chile, which have some of the world’s strictest legislation on the procedure.
Hundreds are gathering today in Washington, D.C., to protest President Donald Trump’s Global Gag Rule, which critics say will threaten the health of millions of the world’s most vulnerable women and families.
Guatemala is the latest of a handful of countries to resist Women on Waves, a Dutch nonprofit that provides medical abortions to women in countries where the procedure is banned.
Less than a month after President Donald Trump reinstated the Global Gag Rule, banning federal funding for international organizations that provide or offer information about abortion, eight countries around the world are attempting to replace hundreds of millions in lost funding for reproductive health.
President Donald Trump signed an executive order to reinstate and dramatically expand the scope of the Global Gag Rule to include all global health assistance provided by the U.S. government – a move women’s health advocates say will threaten the lives of millions of the world’s poorest women and families.
Anti-abortion senators in Chile are arguing against a measure that is now one vote away from allowing abortion under certain circumstances.
A coalition of women’s rights groups has filed a lawsuit against new abortion restrictions in Texas that would require medical providers to bury fetal and embryonic tissue from miscarriages and abortions.
As President-elect Donald Trump announces more members of his male-dominated administration, women’s rights advocates are increasingly concerned about reproductive rights in the U.S. and in developing countries around the world.
The contentious issue of abortion came up during the final U.S. presidential debate on Wednesday. Hillary Clinton affirmed women’s right to abortion while Donald Trump said he would appoint judges to the Supreme Court who oppose it. Clinton countered by looking internationally to the consequences of governments circumventing reproductive rights.