Keeping Girls in School Act (ANS to H.R. 4134)
The Keeping Girls in School Act is a bipartisan bill ostensibly about access to education for girls internationally. The goal of the legislation—to keep girls in school and empower them…
The Global Respect Act: At Best, Duplicative; At Worst, Dangerous
The Global Respect Act, as currently written in H.R.3485, purports to be a bill to protect the human rights of individuals who identify as LGBTQI+. In reality, it is duplicative and unnecessary.
Girls Leadership, Engagement, Agency, and Development Act of 2021 (S.634/H.R.1661)
This bill mandates the creation of a new single strategy on strengthening the participation of adolescents, particularly adolescent girls, in democracy, human rights and government through foreign assistance projects. However, international programs that promote adolescent girls’ and women’s civic engagement and political participation” often promote government funded abortion access. The bill creates additional bureaucratic apparatus making it harder for a Republican administration to shift away pro-abortion programming.
C-Fam Note on the Women’s Health Protection Act of 2021
This bill is designed to pre-empt the reversal of Roe v. Wade. The overall scope of this bill is domestic, but the findings section includes several paragraphs that would have a negative effect on how the obligations of the U.S. Government under international human right law are understood, specifically paragraphs 16, 17, and 18. These paragraphs elevate the opinions of UN human rights experts as the final arbiters of the obligations of the U.S. government under international human rights law.
Keeping Girls in School Act (S.2276/H.R.4134)
The Act imposes a series of onerous bureaucratic controls on U.S. foreign aid policy on education with the aim of using U.S. foreign assistance for social and cultural engineering. These will be permanent changes in how foreign aid is administered that will make it harder for the executive branch to make improvements to how foreign assistance is administered when a Republican is in the White House.
Reach Every Mother and Child Act (REACH Act) OF 2021 (S. 1451)
This legislation could end up diverting money away from mothers and babies and toward the international abortion lobby.
Six Problems with the Safe from the Start Act (H.R. 571/S. 765)
This bill focuses on the prevention and response to “gender-based violence (GBV)” in humanitarian settings. GBV was introduced into U.S. foreign policies by the Obama administration. It is a new and untested area of policy and highly problematic from a pro-life point of view.