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Legislators Need to Ensure Access to Safe, Legal Abortion Care for All

I had an abortion in the US state of Illinois as a young woman. I had support from friends and family, and I was able to access timely, compassionate care from a clinic 20 minutes from my home. I was treated with dignity and respect. It was the kind…
 People rally downtown for the Second Annual Women's March on January 20, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois.
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Secretary of State Blinken Recognizes Human Rights as Co-Equal and Interdependent

Today, the US State Department released its annual Country Reports on Human Rights. While this year’s edition once again lacks reporting on key reproductive rights around the world, Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced that addendums will be…
Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks at the State Department in Washington, standing in front of a world map and a US flag.
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New Federal Bill Focuses on Women of Color

Cervical cancer is a disease no one should die from. It’s highly preventable and treatable, and if caught early, the five-year survival rate is over 90 percent. Unfortunately, over 4,000 women in the United States die from the disease each year, and…
Ms. Frances Ford, executive director of Sowing Seeds of Hope, in her home in August 2018, holding a picture of her mother, who died from cervical cancer after being diagnosed in 1980.
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Young People Have Right to Safe, Accessible Abortion Care

Two days after the United States Supreme Court struck down a Louisiana law that would have limited access to abortion, a harmful new abortion restriction is going into effect in Florida. The law requires anyone under 18 to get consent from a parent or…
Opponents of Florida's "parental consent" bill gather for a press conference at the Capitol in Tallahasee, January 22, 2020. 
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Summary Expulsion Power Extended Indefinitely

This week, the Trump administration indefinitely extended an order that gives United States immigration agents the power to summarily expel migrants arriving at the US country’s borders under the pretext of preventing the spread of Covid-19…
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Covid-19 Rule Allowing Expulsions at US-Mexico Border Puts Many at Risk

Under cover of the Covid-19 public health emergency, the Trump administration got to work doing something the president has repeatedly threatened: a near-total shutdown of the United States-Mexico border. On March 20, the Centers for Disease…
A Honduran mother plays with her son as they wait in line to get a meal in an encampment near the Gateway International Bridge in Matamoros, Mexico, August 30, 2019.
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In US State Known for Wilderness, Policy Hits Rural Women Hardest

  Imagine taking a snowmobile, two flights, and a bus to get to one of four clinics offering abortion in your state – the distance equivalent of traveling from New York City to Chicago. For the one-third of Alaska’s women and girls living in…
Hundreds of people march in downtown Sitka, Alaska, during the women's march, held in solidarity with the Women's March on Washington, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017.
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Abortion Access an Essential Component of Health Care

Officials in the US states of Ohio and Texas are using the coronavirus as a politically expedient excuse to halt abortions – a move that threatens women’s and girls’ health and rights. On March 20, the Ohio Attorney General’s office reportedly…
An activist seen holding a placard that reads, "protect safe, legal abortion" during a Stop the Bans rally in Dayton, Ohio, May 19, 2019.
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‘Remain in Mexico’ Exposes Families to Danger, Poor Conditions

The United States Congress is investigating the Trump administration’s Migrant Protection Protocols program, which forces people seeking asylum in the US to wait in Mexico while their asylum requests are processed. The…
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Bill Disregards Medical Science, Threatens Health

When I flew to Honduras this year to report on the country’s total abortion ban – including in cases of rape – I couldn’t imagine that lawmakers in my home state of Ohio would propose a ban that is arguably even more extreme. …
Protesters gather to participate in a Women's March highlighting demands for equal rights and equality for women, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in Cincinnati, Ohio.
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Letter Counters Trump Administration’s Historically Low Refugee Admittance Policies

Recently, Gary R. Herbert, the Republican governor for the US state of Utah, sent a letter to President Donald Trump saying Utah would like to sponsor more refugees because, “We empathize deeply with individuals and groups who have been…
Photo of a protest at the San Francisco International Airport against Donald Trump’s January 2017 executive order on immigration, January 28, 2017.
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Latest Death in Dangerously Abusive System

A second death this month in United States immigration custody raises disturbing questions about a system we know has failed to protect asylum seekers and other immigrants in its care over and over again. On Tuesday, Roylán Hernández-…
Undated photograph of Richwood Correctional Center, Louisiana, United States.
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Slashing Numbers Also Undermines Aid for Front-Line Countries

The United States government announced on Thursday that it will cap the annual number of refugees admitted at 18,000 – by far its lowest ceiling in 4 decades. That action both shows a lack of compassion for the victims of armed violence and persecution…
Protesters in Lafayette Park on January 29, 2017, outside the White House, demonstrate against President Trump’s executive order suspending refugee admissions and barring entry of travelers from seven Muslim majority countries.
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Marshae Jones Charged for Being Shot and Losing Fetus

When I predicted that the extreme abortion law just passed in the US state of Alabama would be used to punish women, I was told that I should read the law more closely because it has a specific article that says it will punish…
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Government Should Repeal Laws Criminalizing Illegal Entry and Reentry

Americans watching the first night of the US Democratic Party primary presidential debates heard a lot about “1325,” as candidate Julian Castro challenged others on the stage to join him in calling for a repeal of this law. That’s a…
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Four Things You Can Ask Congress to Do Now

Prompted by public outcry over the news that children detained in US immigration holding cells don’t have enough food, water, or care, lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have said they’re looking for ways to make sure that what we…
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Criminalizing Abortion Puts Women and Girls’ Health at Serious Risk

Update: On May 15, Alabama governor Kay Ivey signed into law the Alabama Human Life Protection Act   Late last night, the Alabama Senate passed a draconian abortion law criminalizing abortion and attempted abortion…
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Statue of Liberty’s Welcoming Words Undermined by New Rules

“Give me your rich and well-rested…yearning to breathe free.” So the Trump administration seeks to rewrite America’s traditional welcome to the persecuted: from now on the huddled masses, or anyone fleeing conflict and abuse, will have…
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Abortion Bills in Five States Threaten Reproductive Rights

It’s open season on reproductive rights in the United States. Again. Five different US states this week moved anti-abortion bills up the legislative food chain, in what seems to be yet another attack on women’s reproductive…
People rallied outside the U.S. Supreme Court while the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Becerra case remained pending, in Washington, U.S., June 25, 2018.
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Trump Administration Removes Data on Global Reproductive Rights

Once again, the Trump administration has cut most mentions of key human rights abuses that disproportionately impact women and girls around the world from the US State Department’s annual human rights reports. In the reports…
Then-Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director Mike Pompeo testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., February 13, 2018. © 2018 Reuters