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Women Raped In War Need Access To Safe Abortion

“While there is welcome attention focused on the plight of women and girls raped in war, there are still significant gaps in the international response to this global scourge,” Glenys Kinnock, founder and president of One World Action and a board member of the European Council on Foreign Relations, writes in the Guardian’s “Poverty Matters Blog,” adding that women who become pregnant as a result of rape in war need access to safe abortion services. Kinnock says “… these women are entitled under the Geneva conventions ‘to receive, to the fullest extent practicable and with the least possible delay, the medical care and attention required by their condition,'” yet they face obstacles, particularly stemming from U.S. policy that restricts funding for abortion in U.S. foreign assistance. Kinnock also discusses how safe abortion activities of other donor governments and international organizations are influenced by this U.S. policy (2/12).

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