U.S. State Department Paring Back Passages On Women’s Rights, Reproductive Health In Annual Human Rights Report

POLITICO: State Department report will trim language on women’s rights, discrimination
“State Department officials have been ordered to pare back passages in a soon-to-be-released annual report on global human rights that traditionally discuss women’s reproductive rights and discrimination, according to five former and current department officials. The directive calls for stripping passages that describe societal views on family planning, including how much access women have to contraceptives and abortion…” (Toosi, 2/21).

POLITICO: Clinton, lawmakers denounce State Dept. for cutting language on women’s rights
“Hillary Clinton, lawmakers, and human rights groups are speaking out against the State Department’s decision to trim language on women’s reproductive rights and discrimination from an upcoming report that was first reported by POLITICO. … The decision, believed to have been approved by senior officials in the State Department working under Secretary Rex Tillerson, reflects a shift in stance on family planning that differs from predecessors’…” (Lima, 2/22).

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