These dozen stories of real women and girls from around the world were shared with Population Connection in the fall of 2015. The stories come from the women directly and the clinicians who do all they can to care for them. They are all terrible reminders of the tragedy and bravery that thousands of women around the world are forced to bear each year.
We can’t undo the trauma many of these women and girls have endured. But by fixing the U.S. Helms Amendment, we can finally provide them the full healthcare support they need to live the rest of their lives.
The Helms Amendment is just one of the ways that politicians are taking that right away from women around the world. By forcing America’s anti–abortion crusade on the rest of the world, the Helms Amendment is putting women’s lives at risk — and it’s jeopardizing the future of our entire planet by linking family planning and abortion rights to America’s dysfunctional domestic politics.
The staff at Population Connection Action Fund collected many stories of women who have suffered from pregnancies due to rape and incest in its #HelmsHurts campaign. Many of these women became suicidal because of the desperation of their situations.
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