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U.S./Intl. NGO Leaders Call On Kerry To Ensure Sexual Violence Summit Addresses Access to Abortion  

Posted on May 29, 2014

Nearly 70 leaders of U.S. and international organizations committed to human rights and the sexual and reproductive health of women and girls globally sent a letter today to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry asking him to “accelerate U.S. leadership in ensuring women and girls who are raped have access to post-rape care that is comprehensive and rights-based,” calling U.S. leadership for care that includes abortion access “critical.”

Faith-Based Leaders Call On Obama To Ensure Access To Abortion As Part Of U.S. Foreign Policy  

Posted on May 14, 2014

Calling access to safe abortion in the cases of rape, incest, and life endangerment a “moral imperative,” more than 30 leaders of faith-based groups and organizations from across the United States today called on President Obama to ensure that U.S. foreign policy supports access to abortion services. In a letter coordinated by the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC) and the Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE), the faith-based leaders called on the president to clarify the Helms amendment, a decades-old provision that forbids the U.S. to fund abortion services as a method of family planning but does not prohibit U.S. foreign assistance of such services in the cases of rape, incest, or life endangerment. Lack of clarity around the Helms amendment has resulted in its misapplication as a complete ban.

CHANGE Applauds Int’l Efforts To Address GBV in Conflict; Calls for Helms Clarification  

Posted on February 25, 2014

"Today’s discussion is emblematic of an administration that has, time and again, demonstrated its commitment to empowering women and girls,” said Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE) President Serra Sippel. “An essential part of the humanitarian response for women and girls in conflict and crisis must be ensuring access to post-rape care – care that includes safe, voluntary abortion services. Despite landmark steps underway by the U.S. and international community, misinterpretation of the Helms amendment serves as a barrier to post-rape care, hampering humanitarian aid delivery.”

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