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Rape in Conflict Continues

Serra Sippel | Posted 09.04.2014 | World
Serra Sippel

Violence against women and rape in conflict is an ongoing problem. It is not isolated, it is not anecdotal, it is far from rare.

The Helms Amendment Hurts Women and Undermines U.S. Development Efforts Around the World

Latanya Mapp Frett | Posted 07.28.2014 | Politics
Latanya Mapp Frett

President Obama can -- and must -- fix the policy of turning women away in the extreme cases of life-endangering pregnancies or those resulting from rape. Until Congress does the right thing and overturns the harmful law in its entirety, he can take a first step to ensure that U.S. programs are part of the solution, not the problem.

Faith Leaders Call Upon Obama To Include Abortion Access In Foreign Policy

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 05.14.2014 | Religion

Over thirty leaders of faith-based groups across the U.S. called on President Obama to ensure safe access to abortion services worldwide as part of U....

This U.S. Law Contributes To Women's Deaths Around The World

Huffington Post | Alissa Scheller | Posted 04.25.2014 | Politics

The Helms Amendment, passed more than 40 years ago, prevents U.S. foreign assistance funds from being used to pay for abortion as "a method of family ...

Women, Abortion, and Helms: Executive Action to Break Barriers

Serra Sippel | Posted 04.29.2014 | World
Serra Sippel

Increasingly, women's bodies are battlegrounds. Not just figurative battlegrounds, but literally -- women's bodies are spaces where soldiers assert domination to gain a tactical advantage over other combatants, to build trust and camaraderie among soldiers, and to subdue communities to their will.

Will 'Safe From the Start' Bring Needed Change for Survivors of Sexual Violence in Conflict and Crisis?

Serra Sippel | Posted 11.25.2013 | World
Serra Sippel

This week at the U.N. General Assembly, amid critical talks about peace and security in Syria and across the Middle East, another narrative is taking its rightful place in New York -- the health and human rights of women and girls globally.

Helms Amendment Hurts Women: It's Time for Change

John Seager | Posted 05.27.2013 | World
John Seager

It's the equivalent of 90 jumbo jets crashing and killing everyone on board, year after year after year. What if I told you that President Obama could prevent some of these deaths with a single, simple action?

What Komen v. Planned Parenthood Teaches Us About Abortion Stigma

Anu Kumar | Posted 04.07.2012 | Politics
Anu Kumar

Would so many individuals -- 'Racers for the Cure' and celebrities alike -- rise up in protest? My guess is no, they would not -- and this is the power of the stigma around abortion. When access to health care is limited by money or geography, we cannot afford to limit it further with politics.