Opinion Piece Discusses U.S. International Aid Policies Related To Abortion
New Humanitarian: America must stop using international aid to export anti-abortion ideology
Anu Kumar, president and CEO, and Patty Skuster, senior legal adviser, both at Ipas
“…The anti-abortion … position held by so many American leaders and policymakers — exaggerated by the current administration — puts the United States at odds with much of the rest of the world and diminishes its historical leadership on global health and human rights issues. … America can — and should — reshape its role in the humanitarian sector, and the world. What’s at stake if it doesn’t take up this charge? Ultimately, people’s lives, the reputation of the United States in the eyes of the world, as well as the causes of human rights and social justice. Americans believe that people in developing countries deserve the safety and dignity of basic health care. That must include comprehensive reproductive health care. Americans also believe the United States plays an important role in making the world a better place by addressing poverty, disease, and injustice. Their politicians must listen” (10/15).