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 people 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. If the Helms Amendment was repealed, there could be approximately 19 million fewer unsafe abortions and 17,000 fewer maternal deaths each year.

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 reintroduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on March 9, 2021, in commemoration of International Women’s Day, by Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) and bill co-leads Representatives Barbara Lee (D-CA), Jackie Speier (D-CA), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), Diana DeGette (D-CO), Norma Torres (D-CA) and Marilyn Strickland (D-WA). 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.

The bill was introduced for the first time ever in the U.S. House of Representatives on July 29, 2020 and in just 2 months the Abortion is Health Care Everywhere Act secured over 110 cosponsors in Congress. Currently, the bill enjoys the support of over 140 original co-sponsors in the 117th Congress and support continues to grow each day for this critical legislation.

Original Cosponsors

We must decolonize our global health systems — It’s time to repeal the Helms Amendment

By Representatives Jan. Schakowsky, Marilyn Strickland, and Diana Degette in The Hill

Protecting Bodily Autonomy: Let’s Get Rid of the Helms Amendment Once and For All

A discussion with Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, Ipas President and CEO Anu Kumar, and Ipas Ethiopia Country Director and advocate Saba Kidanemariam, moderated by journalist and attorney Jill Filipovic.

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

How U.S. aid for reproductive health could change under Biden

By Miriam Berger in The Washington Post

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.)

Podcast On the Issues with Michele Goodwin

Rep. Jan Schakowsky and Rep. Barbara Lee discuss Helms repeal on the podcast On the Issues with Michele Goodwin

The Abortion is Health Care Everywhere Act is cosponsored by over 150 Representatives:

 

Alma Adams, NC-12

Pete Aguilar, CA-31

Jake Auchincloss, MA-04

Cindy Axne, IA-03

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

Jamaal Bowman, NY-16

Anthony G. Brown, MD-04

Julia Brownley, CA-26

Cori Bush, MO-01

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

Angie Craig, MN-02

Charlie Crist, FL-13

Jason Crow, CO-06

Danny K. Davis, IL-07

Madeleine Dean, PA-04

Peter A. DeFazio, OR-04

Rosa L. DeLauro, CT-03

Suzan DelBene, WA-01

Mark DeSaulnier, CA-11

Ted Deutch, FL-22

Lloyd Doggett, TX-35

Veronica Escobar, TX-16

Anna Eshoo, CA-18

Adriano Espaillat, NY-13

Dwight Evans, PA-03

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

Alcee L. Hastings, FL-20

Jahana Hayes, CT-05

Brian Higgins, NY-26

Jim Himes, CT-04

Steven Horsford, NV-04

Jared Huffman, CA-02

Sheila Jackson Lee, TX-18

Sara Jacobs, CA-53

Pramila Jayapal, WA-07

Hakeem Jeffries, NY-08

Henry C. “Hank” Johnson, Jr., GA-04

Eddie Bernice Johnson, TX-30

Mondaire Jones, NY-17

Kaialiʻi Kahele, HI-02

Marcy Kaptur, OH-09

William R. Keating, MA-09

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

Teresa Leger Fernandez, NM-03

Andy Levin, MI-09

Mike Levin, CA-49

Ted W. Lieu, CA-33

Alan Lowenthal, CA-47

Tom Malinowski, NJ-07

Carolyn B. Maloney, NY-12

Sean Patrick Maloney, NY-18

Kathy Manning, NC-06

Doris Matsui, CA-06

Betty McCollum, MN-04

A. Donald McEachin, VA-04

James P. McGovern, MA-02

Jerry McNerney, CA-09

Grace Meng, NY-06

Gwen Moore, WI-04

Joe Morelle, NY-25

Seth Moulton, MA-06

Jerrold Nadler, NY-10

Grace F. Napolitano, CA-32

Joe Neguse, CO-02

Marie Newman, IL-03

Eleanor Holmes Norton, DC – 00

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, NY-14

Ilhan Omar, MN-05

Frank Pallone, Jr., NJ-06

Jimmy Panetta, CA-20

Donald M. Payne, Jr., NJ-10

Ed Perlmutter, CO-07

Scott Peters, CA-52

Dean Phillips, MN-11

Chellie Pingree, ME-01

Mark Pocan, WI-02

Katie Porter, CA-45

David E. Price, NC-04

Mike Quigley, IL-05

Jamie Raskin, MD-08

Kathleen M. Rice, NY-04

Deborah Ross, NC-02

Linda T. Sanchez, CA-38

John Sarbanes, MD-03

Mary Gay Scanlon, PA-05

Adam B. Schiff, CA-28

Kim Schrier, M.D., WA-08

David Scott, GA-13

Brad Sherman, CA-30

Mikie Sherrill, NJ-11

Albio Sires, NJ-08

Adam Smith, WA-09

Darren Soto, FL-09

Mark Takano, CA-41

Dina Titus, NV-01

Rashida Tlaib, MI-13

Ritchie Torres, NY-15

Lori Trahan, MA-03

David Trone, MD-06

Juan Vargas, CA-51

Marc A. Veasey, TX-33

Nydia M. Velázquez, NY-07

Debbie Wasserman Schultz, FL-23

Maxine Waters, CA-43

Bonnie Watson Coleman, NJ-12

Peter Welch, VT-00

Jennifer Wexton, VA-10

Susan Wild, PA-07

Nikema Williams, GA-05

Frederica S. Wilson, FL-24

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The Abortion is Health Care Everywhere Act  is supported and endorsed by a diverse coalition of more than 170  organizations.

AFRD Georgia

AIDS United
Aidsfonds
Alianza Americas logo
Alliance for Justice
American Humanist Association
American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM)
California Latinas for Reproductive Justice (CLRJ)
Center for International Policy

Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice (CRRJ)

Creative Community League
Ebenezer Church PHX

Ebenezer Church – PHX

Every Mother Counts
Feminist Majority
Forward Together
Freedom Network USA
Freedom Network USA
FCAA Logo

Global Network of Black People working in HIV

Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation

Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation

Health GAP
Heartland Alliance International logo
hispanic federation
Human Rights Campaign
IKAR
IPPF WHR

Jacobs Institute of Women’s Health

Jewish Community Action
Keep Abortion Safe
Keshet
LastMile4D
The Lawyering Project logo
Legal Voice
MADRE
MenEngage Alliance
Metropolitan Community Churches, Global Justice Institute
Mississippi in Action
MSI Reproductive Choices
National Advocates for Pregnant Women
National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum (NAPAWF)
National Association Social Workers
National Birth Equity Collaborative logo
National Center for Lesbian RIghts
National Partnership for Women & Families
National Women's Law Center
North American MenEngage NAMEN
Oklahoma Call for Reproductive Justice

Open Society Policy Center

OutRight Action International
Oxfam America
Pathfinder International
Pilgrim United Church of Christ
Population Council
PSI logo

Prevention Access Campaign – U=U

Provide

Radiant International

Real Inspiration Ministries Inc.

Reproaction Education Fund
She's the First
SIECUS: Sex Ed for Social Change
SlutwalkNOLA logo
Society for Humanistic Judaism
T'ruah
The Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health
The Coalition of Labor Union Women
The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries
The Good Table United Church of Christ
The International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights
Tivnu: Building Justice
Together for Girls
ultraviolet
UUWF logo
United States of Women USOW
Urgent Action Fund for Women's Human Rights
Win Without War
Wisconsin Alliance for Women's Health
Women Deliver
Women Have Options / Ohio
Women's Lobby of Colorado WLCO logo
WV FREE