Today, the 61st Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), a global, intergovernmental body dedicated to gender equality and women’s empowerment, has adopted agreed conclusions, affirming important principles that women and advocates can use as reference points to hold their governments accountable around the world. The U.S. was involved in the negotiations around these conclusions, and separately made remarks in response to their adoption.
Statement from Latanya Mapp Frett, Executive Director, Planned Parenthood Global:
“I am disappointed by the U.S. government’s refusal to recognize in their first major showing on women’s rights at the UN that access to safe and legal abortion is an important aspect of reproductive rights. Though the U.S. reiterated support for reproductive health care in their concluding statement, this affirmation is undermined by actions the Trump administration has taken during its first few months in office, including an expansion of the harmful global gag rule and a proposal to impose potentially devastating budget cuts to foreign aid. Forums such as CSW are critical spaces for countries from around the world to both affirm and advance their commitments to advance the rights of women and girls worldwide, and I am deeply concerned that the regressive position of the U.S. on sexual and reproductive rights will stand in the way of progress.”
Planned Parenthood is the nation’s leading provider and advocate of high-quality, affordable health care for women, men, and young people, as well as the nation’s largest provider of sex education. With over 650 health centers across the country, Planned Parenthood organizations serve all patients with care and compassion, with respect and without judgment. Through health centers, programs in schools and communities, and online resources, Planned Parenthood is a trusted source of reliable health information that allows people to make informed health decisions. We do all this because we care passionately about helping people lead healthier lives.
For over 40 years Planned Parenthood Federation of America has supported access to sexual and reproductive health care and advocated for reproductive rights around the world through our international arm, Planned Parenthood Global. In partnership with more than 50 organizations across 12 focus countries in Africa and Latin America, we advance the health and rights of young people, women and families, with an emphasis on the most vulnerable and underserved. Last year, our partners reached over a million people with sexual and reproductive health information and services provided by our partners. Our unique sustainability model sets us apart, as we empower partners to stand on their own. We help grassroots organizations develop solid reproductive health programs, identify other sources of funding, build their communications and advocacy skills, and develop strategic plans.