The shadow pandemic will have lasting, devastating impacts on women and girls. Child marriage permanently alters the course of a girl’s life, often halting her education, increasing her chances of experiencing domestic violence, robbing her of bodily autonomy, and putting her at risk for earlier pregnancies and maternal mortality. FGM/C can result in obstetric fistula, infertility, infection, complications during childbirth, painful sexual intercourse, depression, and anxiety.

Stopping the surge in violence against women and girls and preventing future harm is the responsibility of the global community Read More »


Congress now has a chance to strike down the global gag rule, also known as the Mexico City Policy. It bars organizations abroad that receive U.S. aid from performing abortion, counseling clients about it, or referring them to abortion services. It’s an imperialist policy that has hurt women and weakened health service delivery around the world for decades. Congress should seize the opportunity to get rid of it. Read More »


Anti-abortion activists are closer than ever to achieving their ultimate goal: overturning Roe v. Wade. This week, they celebrated the news that the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear a major abortion case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization (JWHO). The case concerns a Mississippi state law that would ban almost all abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy — well before a fetus is viable. With the Court’s new 6-3 conservative majority, the outcome could be devastating for abortion access. Read More »


Within 24 hours of removing government mask mandates in the name of bodily autonomy, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed a restrictive abortion ban that would strip Texans of those very same human rights. This latest attack on reproductive rights is part of a broad onslaught of anti-abortion bills passed by statehouses in 2021. It follows on the heels of the Supreme Court’s announcement that it will hear a Mississippi case that could severely undermine Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide. We now face a terrifying possibility that a right so many fought to secure—a right that I was born with—could soon be taken away. Read More »


While the Biden administration works to shore up support for reproductive rights in Washington, the push to overturn Roe v. Wade is gaining momentum beyond the Beltway. In several states, Republican-controlled legislatures and statehouses are mounting direct challenges to constitutionally protected abortion rights. Read More »


New numbers released by the U.S. Census Bureau indicated that the U.S. population over the past decade grew at its slowest rate since the 1930s. Previous Census data confirmed that except for an uptick in the 1990s, U.S. population growth has been slowing steadily since the postwar Baby Boom peaked around 1960. Read More »


Earlier this week, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed a new law barring abortions “except to save the life of a pregnant woman in a medical emergency.” This near-total ban on abortion clearly violates the rights spelled out in Roe v. Wade. Read More »


Congressional pushback against draconian reproductive health policies just kicked up a notch. Read More »


Biden’s nominee for assistant secretary of health at HHS, Dr. Rachel Levine, is historic. If confirmed by the Senate, Dr. Levine will become the highest-ranking openly transgender government official in U.S. history. As one of the key officials tackling the COVID-19 pandemic, she will have her hands full as she works to roll back harmful Trump-era health policies. Read More »


The U.S. just passed the somber milestone of 4 million COVID-19 cases in a single month (November). With the holiday season upon us, experts warn that gatherings of family and friends will accelerate the spread. Trump’s policies and rhetoric aren’t helping. Read More »