U.S. Foreign Assistance

Prevalent and Preventable: The Tragedy of Unsafe Abortion

“Unsafe abortion is actually a public health tragedy of our times, simply because the technology to make this procedure safe has been available for decades…In our region, particularly with the patriarchal culture and the society we live in, religious fundamentalism … Continue Reading

U.S. Foreign Assistance

Time for Executive Action to Protect Reproductive Rights

This piece was originally published by The Hill.  With Republicans gaining control of both chambers, it’s no secret that the 114th Congress is going to be hostile to reproductive rights. In just the first week, anti-choice politicians introduced six bills restricting abortion … Continue Reading

U.S. Foreign Assistance

169 Days is Too Long. Tell President Obama: Helms Hurts!

169 days. That’s how long it’s been since we asked President Obama to take action on the Helms Amendment — a dangerous policy that restricts women’s access to safe abortion, even in cases of rape, incest, or life endangerment. 169 days … Continue Reading

Advocates Achieve Liberalization of Mozambique Abortion Law After 10-Year Effort

One of the things about advocacy work that can be frustrating is that goals aren’t always achieved quickly. It often can take many months or even years of sustained work to accomplish your objective. There may be tiny victories along … Continue Reading

U.S. Foreign Assistance

41 Years Have Passed. Isn’t It Time to Act on Helms?

Today marks the 41st anniversary of the adoption of the Helms Amendment—a harmful policy that has been enforced as a total ban on U.S. funding for abortion overseas, even in cases of rape, incest, and life endangerment. As this video … Continue Reading

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I’m All In on Women

This piece was originally published on the Huffington Post. Sandwiched between the State of the Union address and the anniversary of Roe v. Wade is another January tradition: the release of Bill and Melinda Gates’ Annual Letter. International development practitioners … Continue Reading