We Must Decolonize Our Global Health Systems – Time To Repeal The Helms Amendment

Shortly after his inauguration, President BidenJoe Biden Texas Democrats stage walkout to block passage of vast election review program DOJ adds four defendants to Oath Keepers conspiracy case Biden recalls late son Beau in Memorial Day remarks MORE has taken an important first step in restoring reproductive rights around the world he canceled the “world gag rule”. The executive order marked the beginning of what President Biden has done at the heart of his presidency: a period of healing from the destructive policies of the old administration. After four years of fighting attacks on sexual and reproductive health and rights, advocates and political experts are working together to ensure reproductive justice for all.

Cancellation of the global gag rule, which deprives the United States of funding from foreign non-governmental organizations (NGOs) if they use their own money for abortion services or referrals, will help millions of women and girls around the world seeking reproductive and abortion care.

Now is the time to put an end to the lesser-known but equally harmful Helms Amendment. Passed in 1973, the Helms Amendment restricts the use of funds from the US Foreign Assistance Act for abortion care, even in countries where abortion is legal.

Recent data from the Guttmacher Institute shows that if the Helms Amendment were lifted and the United States helped ensure that all abortions were performed safely in countries where abortion was legal on at least some grounds, it could be there 19 million fewer unsafe abortions and thousands fewer maternal deaths each year.

The U.S. government is the world’s largest healthcare funder and helps clinics in low- and middle-income countries deliver essential services to their communities. Enabling better health outcomes for everyone, no matter where they live, continues to be important to Americans, especially amid the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.

Abortion is a health care issue, and the Helms Amendment must go.

Repealing the Helms Amendment means supporting countries that want better health outcomes and empowering individuals to take control of their sexual and reproductive health. Everyone – including people living in low- and middle-income countries – deserves the safety and dignity of basic health care, including comprehensive reproductive health care. This means better access to preventive screenings such as Pap tests, testing and care for sexually transmitted infections and HIV / AIDS, as well as safe abortion and contraception, all with respect for self-determination. and respect.

We know that in times of crisis, women and girls are often disproportionately affected. During the COVID-19 pandemic, health systems were overwhelmed by the emergency response and sexual and reproductive health services became even more inaccessible. Allowing the full use of U.S. foreign assistance will allow health care providers in other countries to keep their doors open and safely provide these vital sexual and reproductive health services.

Despite this, a 48-year-old policy continues to block the ability of doctors and providers to provide abortion care and services. Created by the late Senator Jesse Helms, the Helms Amendment is nothing more than an attempt to control blacks and Maroons around the world by preventing millions of people from accessing abortion. In addition to worsening global health outcomes, keeping the Helms Amendment in place confirms its legacy of discrimination.

Recent research reveals that there are 121 million abortions worldwide each year and that they occur regardless of country income, region of the world or the legal status of the abortion. The difference lies in the safety, quality and dignity of the care provided. Despite desperate and dishonest claims to the contrary, the Helms Amendment does not reduce the need or number of abortions. On the contrary, it causes people to have abortions in unsafe conditions. In the midst of a maternal mortality crisis, the Helms Amendment worsens maternal health outcomes, increases cases of maternal mortality, and makes it harder for women to achieve economic security. By removing abortion options, the Helms Amendment also hurts the global economy and keeps more people out of poverty.

US policy should support access to comprehensive health care and not leave women and girls around the world without safe abortion options.

This is why we reintroduced the abortion law, it’s health all over the world to repeal the Helms amendment. The bill permanently repeals language in the Helms Amendment that restricts U.S. funds for foreign aid and replaces it with proactive language that says U.S. funding must be used to provide comprehensive reproductive health information and services, including including the provision of abortion services, training and equipment.

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