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
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