Now is the time for the President to show the courage of his convictions by taking executive action to ensure that U.S. assistance will be available for abortion access for women who survive rape or incest, or whose lives are endangered by a pregnancy. It is the right thing to do. The time to act is now.
Allowing U.S. foreign aid to be used to provide life-saving health services that include safe abortion care is critical to achieving a comprehensive and humanitarian response. Clarification of U.S. law and correct interpretation of the Helms amendment is an important first step to ensure a comprehensive and compassionate U.S. response to sexual violence globally.