Abortion is health care.

Repeal the Helms Amendment.

Abortion is health care, everywhere

THE WORLD’S MOST VULNERABLE PEOPLE are harmed by a U.S. law that restricts funding for safe abortion services—the Helms Amendment. This amendment bars U.S. foreign assistance funds from being used for abortion services. The way that the law is interpreted and implemented denies people their reproductive rights and deprives them of the care they want and need. It reduces the availability of safe, legal abortion, denies health-care providers life-saving equipment and training and censors critical health information.

Every year, roughly 35 million women and girls around the world have unsafe abortions, and millions suffer injuries and disabilities as a result. The Helms Amendment puts lives at risk; when women and girls can’t make their own reproductive health decisions, and have limited access to vital health care, this means dire consequences for their health. This law has plagued abortion care in the Global South for nearly five decades.

It’s time to repeal this policy and end the harm it has caused

Abortion is essential, now more than ever during the coronavirus outbreak. And it is past time to end policies like Helms that are anti-rights and rooted in racism and colonialism. U.S. assistance programs should provide access to quality, comprehensive sexual and reproductive health care services for all people, including access to safe, legal and accessible abortion care.

The Abortion is Health Care Everywhere Act was introduced on July 29, 2020, for the first time ever in the U.S. House of Representatives by Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL).  Reps. Nita Lowey (D-NY), Barbara Lee (D-CA), Jackie Speier (D-CA), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), Diana DeGette (D-CO), and Norma Torres (D-CA) are all original cosponsors of the bill. This historic legislation removes the Helms Amendment from statute and replaces it with proactive language stating that U.S. funding shall be used to provide comprehensive reproductive health-care services and information, including abortion services, training, and equipment.

In just 2 months, the Abortion is Health Care Everywhere Act secured over 110 cosponsors. Support in Congress continues to grow and the bill had over 120 cosponsors in the 116th Congress.

Original Cosponsors

Global Gag Rule is just the tip of the iceberg: Why Repealing the Helms Amendment matters

By Reps. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), Jackie Speier (D-Calif.), and Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.)

Reproductive rights are human rights.
Abortion is health care.
Repeal the Helms Amendment.

The Abortion is Health Care Act
is cosponsored by the following Representatives

Alma Adams, NC-12
Pete Aguilar, CA-31
Nanette Diaz Barragán, CA-44
Karen Bass, CA-37
Ami Bera, M.D., CA-07
Donald S. Beyer Jr., VA-08
Earl Blumenauer, OR-03
Lisa Blunt Rochester, DE-01
Suzanne Bonamici, OR-01
Julia Brownley, CA-26
Salud O. Carbajal, CA-24
Tony Cárdenas, CA-29
Andre’ Carson, IN-07
Matthew Cartwright, PA-08
Ed Case, HI-01
Sean Casten, IL-06
Kathy Castor, FL-14
Joaquin Castro, TX-20
Judy Chu, CA-27
David N. Cicilline, RI-01
Katherine Clark, MA-05
Yvette D. Clarke, NY-09
Steve Cohen, TN-09
Gerald E. Connolly, VA-11
Jim Costa, CA-16
Charlie Crist, FL-13
Jason Crow, CO-06
Danny K. Davis, IL-07
Madeleine Dean, PA-04
Rosa L. DeLauro, CT-03
Suzan DelBene, WA-01
Mark DeSaulnier, CA-11
Ted Deutch, FL-22
Eliot Engel, NY-16
Veronica Escobar, TX-16
Adriano Espaillat, NY-13
Lizzie Fletcher, TX-07
Bill Foster, IL-11
Lois Frankel, FL-21

Ruben Gallego, AZ-07
Sylvia R. Garcia, TX-29
Jesús G. “Chuy” García, IL-04
Jimmy Gomez, CA-34
Al Green, TX-09
Raul M. Grijalva, AZ-03
Deb Haaland, NM-01
Alcee L. Hastings, FL-20
Jahana Hayes, CT-05
Denny Heck, WA-10
Brian Higgins, NY-26
Jim Himes, CT-04
Steven Horsford, NV-04
Jared Huffman, CA-02
Pramila Jayapal, WA-07
Hakeem Jeffries, NY-08
Henry C. “Hank” Johnson, Jr., GA-04
Eddie Bernice Johnson, TX-30
Marcy Kaptur, OH-09
William R. Keating, MA-09
Joseph P. Kennedy, III, MA-04
Ro Khanna, CA-17
Daniel T. Kildee, MI-05
Derek Kilmer, WA-06
Ann Kirkpatrick, AZ-02
Raja Krishnamoorthi, IL-08
Ann McLane Kuster, NH-02
Rick Larsen, WA-02
Brenda L. Lawrence, MI-14
Al Lawson, FL-05
Andy Levin, MI-09
Mike Levin, CA-49
Ted Lieu, CA-33
Zoe Lofgren, CA-19
Alan Lowenthal, CA-47
Carolyn B. Maloney, NY-12
Sean Patrick Maloney, NY-18
A. Donald McEachin, VA-04
James P. McGovern, MA-02

Jerry McNerney, CA-09
Gregory W. Meeks, NY-05

Gwen Moore, WI-04
Seth Moulton, MA-06
Jerrold Nadler, NY-10
Grace F. Napolitano, CA-32
Eleanor Holmes Norton, DC-00
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, NY-14
Ilhan Omar, MN-05
Frank Pallone, Jr., NJ-06
Jimmy Panetta, CA-20
Chellie Pingree, ME-01
Mark Pocan, WI-02
Katie Porter, CA-45
David E. Price, NC-04
Jamie Raskin, MD-08
Kathleen Rice. NY-04
Linda T. Sanchez, CA-38
Mary Gay Scanlon, PA-05
Kim Schrier, M.D., WA-08
David Scott, GA-13
Brad Sherman, CA-30
Albio Sires, NJ-08
Adam Smith, WA-09
Darren Soto, FL-09
Mark Takano, CA-41
Dina Titus, NV-01
Rashida Tlaib, MI-13
Lori Trahan, MA-03
David Trone, MD-06
Nydia M. Velázquez, NY-07
Marc A. Veasey, TX-33
Debbie Wasserman Schultz, FL-23
Bonnie Watson Coleman, NJ-12
Peter Welch, VT-00
Jennifer Wexton, VA-10
Susan Wild, PA-07
Frederica S. Wilson, FL-24

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