What does the US do when ISIS rapes and impregnates a girl? Not enough.
#HelmsHurts www.FixOnDayOne.org (*Trigger Warning*)
Right now, thousands of women and girls around the world are being forced to carry the child of a rapist – sometimes a soldier, sometimes a terrorist, or sometimes even a relative. As groups like ISIS and Boko Haram use rape as a weapon of war, this problem has only intensified.
Yet America’s foreign policy tells those women, “You’re on your own.”
A deadly 1973 law known as the Helms Amendment prohibits U.S. foreign aid from funding abortion “as a method of family planning.” But for decades, politicians have treated this as a total ban on providing safe abortion care overseas – even in the case of rape, incest, or life-threatening pregnancies.
#FixOnDayOne is a campaign to demand that the presidential candidates fix Helms on day one if they’re elected. Even as we continue our years-long effort to push the Obama Administration to fix this problem, this campaign is pressuring our next president by lifting up this issue in the media, mobilizing activists on the ground, and getting candidates to make on-the-record commitments to fixing this problem.
Here are things you can do right now to help move the campaign forward:
News and Updates
Starting to Help Women Abroad: The Technician, November 6, 2016.
Amendment Puts Women at Risk: The Columbus Dispatch, November 5, 2016.
U.S. Policy Prevents Women Who Are Raped By ISIS From Accessing Abortion: The New York Times, November 1, 2016.
Senator Portman’s stance on reproductive rights, women’s health deserved more attention: Cleveland.com, October 28, 2016.
How U.S. Policies Shape Abortion Rights Around The World: The Establishment, September 19, 2016.
US Policy on Abortion for Women and Girls Raped in Conflict at Odds with International Law: Feminist Newswire, August 12, 2016.
Clinton leads way on abortion rights as Democrats seek end to decades-old rule: The Guardian, July 26, 2016.
One Step Closer to Repealing Helms: The Huffington Post, July 5, 2016.
Democrats Add Major Abortion Rights Pledge To Proposed Platform: The Huffington Post, Jun. 27, 2016.
Illegal abortions are killing women and aid restrictions are just making it worse: The Guardian, June 17, 2016.
Op-ed: Abortion bans lead to disability and death: The Salt Lake Tribune, May 31, 2016.
Canada Just Outdid The United States In Women’s Health In A Significant, Embarrassing Way: Bustle, May 18, 2016.
Trump appeals to social conservatives with his hire of John Mashburn: MSNBC, May 11, 2016.
New Study: Anti-Abortion Laws Don’t Reduce Abortion Rates. Contraception Does: Slate, May 11, 2016.
Yazidi women, girls suffering stigma, trauma after IS kidnapping: United Press International, May 4, 2016.
Should The U.S. Reconsider Its Stand On Foreign Aid For Abortion Clinics?: National Public Radio, May 2, 2016.
Africa: Dangerously Expensive – Youths Opt for Costly, Unsafe Abortions: All Africa, April 29, 2016.
Helms hurts: War, rape, and politics of the absurd: Thomson Reuters Foundation News, March 18, 2016.
American Foreign Policy Must Focus on Women and Girls: Representative Eliot Engel, The Huffington Post, March 8, 2016.
International Women’s Day & the Helms Amendment: Senator Richard Blumenthal, Medium, March 8, 2016.
What the Election Means for Reproductive Rights: The New York Times, March 3, 2016.
Population Connection Action Fund Applauds Commitment from Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders to Fix Ban on U.S. Aid for Abortion Overseas: Population Connection Action Fund, Feb. 11, 2016.
Hillary Clinton And Bernie Sanders Make Major Pledge On Abortion Policy: Huffington Post, Feb. 11, 2016.
VIDEO: Why Won’t We Help Her? (Trigger Warning): Population Connection Action Fund video, Feb. 3, 2016.
VIDEO: Hillary Clinton comments on the Helms Amendment: Population Connection Action Fund video, Jan. 22, 2016.
What a compassionate nation should ask its political candidates: Daily Hampshire Gazette, Jan. 15, 2016.
Islamic State Issues Fatwa On How To Properly Rape Enslaved Women, Girls: Reuters, Dec. 29, 2015.
How The U.S. Contributes To 47,000 Women’s Deaths A Year: Refinery 29, Dec. 17, 2015.
Yazidi women need America’s help: Washington Post, Dec. 4, 2015.
Hillary Speaks Out on the US Law That Denies Rape Victims Abortions Abroad: Broadly, Nov. 25, 2015.
VIDEO: Republican candidates comment on access to safe abortion care: Population Connection Action Fund video, Nov. 5, 2015.
It’s Time for America to Stand with Survivors of Rape: Huffington Post, Oct. 27, 2015.