- Comprehensive Sexual and Reproductive Health
- Family Planning
- Women, Girls, and HIV
- Rights-Based Maternal Health
- U.S. Foreign Policy & Funding
- Anti-Prostitution Pledge
- Fact Sheets: US Strategies, Policies, and SRHR
- Watch: Making U.S. Foreign Assistance Work for Women and Girls in Ethiopia
- Female Condoms and U.S. Foreign Policy
- Family Planning Policy Restrictions and HIV
- U.S. Global Health Initiative
- Global Gag Rule
- Helms Amendment
- Foreign Assistance Budget
- Foreign Assistance Reform
- Kemp-Kasten Amendment
- Abstinence & Fidelity
- Advocacy and Foreign Assistance
- Why Women and Girls?
Abstinence & Fidelity
When Congress reauthorized the Tom Lantos and Henry J. Hyde United States Global Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Reauthorization Act of 2008 , it loosened, yet maintained, a funding preference for programs that focus on abstinence and faithfulness to the exclusion of condom education. Also, the implementation guidelines for this law go even further to restrict condom distribution to those 15 and older. These preferences have undermined comprehensive, rights-based approaches to sexual and reproductive health. CHANGE’s field visits have uncovered several examples of how abstinence-only approaches interfere with the distribution of life-saving information and tools. For example, in the Dominican Republic, the government recently lowered the age of reproduction from 15 to 10 in consideration of the high number of pregnancies and STIs occurring in this age group. However, groups receiving U.S. funding could only provide condoms to young adolescents who have told program staff that they are sexually active. Because youth often find it difficult to reveal that they are sexually active, this restriction impedes a much-needed service.
Listen: "Obviously there’s a threat to women being free to make these decisions on our own." --Serra Sippel, CHANGE president, on abstinence programs and women's rights on KRXA, a San Francisco-based radio station.
Watch: CHANGE discusses abstinence-only requirements in the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief in "PEPFAR Comes Under Fire at AIDS Conference," Global Health TV, July 2010: