Sexual, Reproductive Health, Rights Face ‘Turbulent’ Time; Appointment Of Strong UNFPA Head Critical

The Lancet: Sexual health and reproductive rights at a crossroad
Editorial Board

“The untimely death of Babatunde Osotimehin, executive director of the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), comes at a turbulent time for sexual and reproductive health and rights. … In the darkening atmosphere surrounding sexual and reproductive health and rights, and increasing self-censorship in the face of the Trump administration and its policies, the need to argue the case for the constellation of issues around contraception and abortion loudly, clearly, and repeatedly becomes ineluctable. The UNFPA is a multilateral organization in which the USA has a key role. The new head of the UNFPA will not be elected by member states. The appointment must go to someone who has an established track record in sexual and reproductive health and rights, a strong history in working for women, and who is not afraid to speak out. That person will have all our support” (7/1).