Global Health, Empowerment, and Rights (HER) Act
Until President Biden rescinded it, the Global Gag Rule banned U.S. assistance for health care providers who even mention the word abortion. As a result, clinics closed. People were forced to seek unsafe abortion procedures, with sometimes deadly consequences. And communities were left stranded without access to comprehensive reproductive health care.
We must make sure that a future president can never unilaterally impose this policy again. That’s what the Global HER Act does. It blocks such a reimposition and provides needed stability to health care providers and the people in vulnerable communities around the world who they serve.
Please call on your senators today and urge them to co-sponsor the Global HER Act (S. 142) to permanently repeal the Global Gag Rule!Contact senators
Abortion Is Health Care Everywhere Act
Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) introduced a bill on March 9, 2021, that would repeal the Helms Amendment and allow U.S. foreign assistance to fund safe abortion in countries where it’s legal.
Passed in 1973 and reauthorized every year since, the Helms Amendment prohibits any U.S. foreign aid from being used for safe abortion under any voluntary circumstance. The Abortion Is Health Care Everywhere Act is the first bill to repeal Helms since its introduction nearly 50 years ago. In a world where up to 31,000 women die every year from unsafe abortion, Helms is bad health policy and bad foreign policy.
Please ask your representative to co-sponsor the Abortion Is Health Care Everywhere Act (H.R. 1670) to end the Helms Amendment!
Women's Health Protection Act (WHPA)
On June 24, 2022, the Supreme Court ended the constitutional right to abortion in the United States when it overturned Roe v. Wade in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.
That’s why Congress needs to pass the Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA), more urgently than ever before. WHPA will codify the federal right to abortion, preventing state governments from imposing onerous and unnecessary restrictions on a safe, common, and often necessary medical procedure.
The House of Representatives passed WHPA (H.R.3755) in September 2021. Now the Senate must do so as well.
Tell your senators to vote for WHPA (S.4132) to re-establish federal protections for abortion rights and access!
Support UNFPA Funding Act
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) works diligently to bring reproductive health services to people who are most in need, such as those in crisis and disaster settings like Haiti and Afghanistan. That’s why Rep. Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA) introduced the Support UNFPA Funding Act on June 16, 2021.
The Support UNFPA Funding Act authorizes needed investments—for the next five years—in UNFPA’s crucial work to eliminate the unmet need for contraceptives, to end preventable maternal deaths, to end gender based violence, to abolish harmful practices like female genital mutilation and child marriage, and to support humanitarian efforts in areas affected by crises.
Please urge your representative to co-sponsor the Support UNFPA Funding Act (H.R. 3938) to ensure that this critical agency can rely on U.S. support!