Upholding Sexual, Reproductive Health, Rights Critical To Ensuring Human Rights

POPSUGAR: How the Trump Administration’s Attack on Human Rights Is Spreading Globally
Serra Sippel, president of the Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE)

“…The Trump administration has systematically attempted to undermine the global consensus on [sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR)] since 2017. … These attacks on SRHR matter. The global consensus on sexual and reproductive rights took a long time to build, but without support and leadership, it can be unraveled. … When the U.S. steps away from this international SRHR framework, it telegraphs to bad actors that the U.S. will not hold countries accountable for attacks on human rights, or the allowance of child marriage and female genital cutting. This undermines the international SRHR framework on who matters: who gets health services, what health services are provided, and what the expectations are for holding governments accountable for providing them. … So as the Trump administration aims to invoke ‘natural rights’ and undermine the global consensus on sexual and reproductive rights, we must stand up against it. We must remember that what is natural is upholding our human rights. We must remember that as we fight for our rights at home, we need to stand in solidarity with the millions of people around the world who do not have a voice in the U.S. political process” (6/26).