Narratives of Essentialism and Exceptionalism: The Challenges and Possibilities of Using Human Rights to Improve Access to Safe Abortion

Health and Human Rights, 19(1), 1 (2017)

Posted: 29 Mar 2021

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Alicia Ely Yamin

Harvard University - Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics; Harvard University - Harvard Law School; Partners in Health; Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI) - Center on Law and Social Transformation

Paola Bergallo

Universidad Torcuato Di Tella - School of Law

Date Written: June 2, 2017

Abstract

As this special section of Health and Human Rights goes to press, women’s access to sexual and reproductive health, including safe and legal abortion, faces both old and new threats in many corners of the world. Among other things, the US government under Donald Trump decided to defund the United Nations Population Fund and to reinstate and expand the so-called Global Gag Rule that prevents any non-US, nongovernmental organization from receiving funds from the United States if they provide not just abortion services but any information regarding abortion, even with other donors’ funds. USAID is the largest donor in the world for family planning services, and grantees will lose funding unless they agree to these conditions. As many as 50 European and other governments, including Canada, stepped in to try to make up at least in part for the loss in funding. Now that it has been announced that all US global health assistance funding for international health programs, such as for HIV/AIDS, maternal and child health, malaria, global health security, and family planning and reproductive health will be affected, the losses may be as much as US$9 billion.

Suggested Citation

Yamin, Alicia Ely and Bergallo, Paola, Narratives of Essentialism and Exceptionalism: The Challenges and Possibilities of Using Human Rights to Improve Access to Safe Abortion (June 2, 2017). Health and Human Rights, 19(1), 1 (2017), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3795572

Alicia Ely Yamin (Contact Author)

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Paola Bergallo

Universidad Torcuato Di Tella - School of Law ( email )

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