U.S. Foreign Assistance

Beware of the Blood-Sucking Spending Bill!

  Since the Republican takeover in the House in 2011, advocates have fought with the tenacity of vampire hunters and zombie slayers to successfully block annual efforts by the House to reinstate the Global Gag Rule, prohibit a U.S. contribution … Continue Reading

U.S. Foreign Assistance

Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: The Two-Faced Policy Rider Hurting U.S. Women

  By day, this sneaky policy masquerades as an innocuous amendment to a routine spending bill, but by night it’s a horrifying ban on the use of federal funds to pay for abortions domestically. The Hyde Amendment is not a … Continue Reading

U.S. Foreign Assistance

Controlling Women From Beyond the Grave: It’s FrankenHelms!

  A monstrous policy is haunting United States foreign assistance and threatening the lives of women around the world. The Helms Amendment, which restricts the use of U.S. foreign aid dollars for abortion, was the brainchild of the late Jesse … Continue Reading

U.S. Foreign Assistance

The Policy That Never Dies: The Global Gag Rule

  This policy lurks in the shadows, ready to be brought back to life by a future president hostile to family planning. Waiting to take a bite out of essential health services abroad. It’s the Global Gag Rule—also known as … Continue Reading

U.S. Foreign Assistance

The Key to Success on Maternal Health? Complete Access to Reproductive Health Services

Last week the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced the appointment of a Child and Maternal Survival Coordinator. The position is a new one for the agency and will be responsible for helping USAID in their work to … Continue Reading

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What’s Youth Got To Do With It?

This piece was originally published at Women at the Center, and is cross-posted with permission. Half of the world’s population is under 30 and half of all new HIV infections are happening to people between the ages of 15 and … Continue Reading