ANALYSIS: Keeping Girls in School Act (S.1071/H.R.2153)

The Senate and House texts are nearly identical – the biggest difference is that the House version stipulates that process of updating and submitting the global strategy must be done every five years “for not less than 10 years,” while the Senate version only says every five years.

Policy Papers

Evidence of Systemic and Unlawful Abortion Promotion by UN Agencies, the Secretariat, and other UN Entities

In 1994, at the International Conference on Population and Development, UN member states agreed that abortion was an issue to be addressed exclusively in national politics and legislation, and therefore…

Briefing Papers

UN-safe Abortion: How the Abortion Industry has Used UN Agencies to Legitimize Abortion

The often-repeated adage that abortion should be “safe, legal, and rare,” popularized by U.S. President Bill Clinton, generally captures how the term “safe abortion” was once understood. Abortion is not a good thing. It should be avoided as much as possible. Since the Clinton era, though, abortion advocates have distanced themselves from the phrase, arguing that the word “rare” imparts stigma. Instead, they have increasingly worked to frame abortion as a good thing, and used the word “safe” as part of the push to establish abortion as an international right. 


Applying the Siljander Amendment to the UN System

The U.S. State Department announced reduction in U.S. contributions to human rights bodies connected to the Organization of American States on March 26, 2019, for violations of the Siljander Amendment, which forbids the use of American contributions to lobby for or against abortion. 

Policy Papers

The UN Human Rights System’s Stillbirth Scandal

Every day around the world, 800 women and 7,000 children die in childbirth. This is tragic, and rightfully their deaths have garnered attention at the highest levels. Yet 7,100 more children are stillborn every day to devastated parents, but they have been erased from the international agenda. This brief paper examines one of the United Nations entities responsible. 


Hope for Human Rights: Why the UN General Assembly Must Address Treaty Body Overreach

The UN General Assembly has negotiated and approved ten human rights treaties since the UN system was founded seventy-five years ago. Each treaty establishes a “treaty body” or “monitoring committee” of between twelve and twenty-four experts, tasked by the terms of their respective treaty to monitor and report on the efforts of States to implement the treaties. These treaty bodies have been at the forefront of promoting abortion as a human right, LGBTQI+ rights, sexual autonomy for children, and other divisive policies, all under the rubric of human rights.


What is UN Development Reform and Why Should We Care?

Since 2017, members of the United Nations organization have been debating and adopting measures to reform the UN development system. The process, like many other UN reform efforts before it, is ostensibly meant to increase the efficiency and responsiveness of UN agencies and programs, but that is not the full picture. 


What is the real purpose of the Helms Amendment to the Foreign Assistance Act?

INTRODUCTION In 1973, the United States Supreme Court decided, in Roe v. Wade, to strike down all laws protecting unborn children from abortion throughout the country. That same year, Congress moved to…


What is the “unfinished business” of the ICPD?

INTRODUCTION Twenty-five years ago, national leaders, UN representatives, and members of civil society met in Cairo, Egypt for the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD).  The resulting Programme of…


What is the Universal Periodic Review?

The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a relatively new UN human rights mechanism. In its ten-year tenure it has provided a forum for nations to review each other’s human rights records, with input from civil society.