Is There an ‘Unmet Need’ for Family Planning?
The claim that 200 million of the world’s women and girls want contraception but can’t get it is false, but it is still used to funnel billions of dollars to the international family planning and abortion industry each year.
ACTION ALERT: Abortion Advocates Seek to Sway Trump on Mexico City Policy with Faulty Arguments
International abortion advocates report that they are trying to convince the incoming Trump administration not reinstate the 1984 Mexico City Policy. Their arguments are false and it is essential that…
Lost in Translation: The Failure of the International Reproductive Rights Norm
An essay that tells the story of the campaign for reproductive rights language in UN documents and the desire for an international right to abortion, has utterly failed.
The History of the Syndemic of AIDS among Gay Men in the United States and the Failure of the Risk Reduction Strategy
HIV/AIDS is no longer a major concern for the public in the United States. It doesn’t even make the list, but the epidemic rolls on.
Abortion and the Laws of War: Subverting Humanitarianism by Executive Edict
From the kidnapping of schoolgirls to the mass shooting of unarmed civilians, violations of humanitarian principles have become the subject of daily news stories. One of the core standards of humanitarian law—the prohibition against rape—faces attack from two fronts: the militant groups that systematically flout it, and the activists seeking to subvert it to invent a right to abortion. In a new law review article, Dr. Susan Yoshihara traces this recent strategy to enshrine abortion in humanitarian law, reveals the lack of legal substance behind it, and issues an important call for politicians and policymakers to continue to reject this flawed reasoning, even as pressure continues to build.
Six Problems with WHO’s new policy recommendation: “Brief sexuality-related communication: Recommendations for a public health approach”
In May of 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) issued a policy guidance urging healthcare workers at all levels receive training and engage in impromptu counseling on matters relating to sexuality with both adult and adolescent patients. Its approach raises many concerns for the children it targets, for their families, and for healthcare providers.
Positive Peer Pressure or Bullying?
How wealthy developed countries use the Universal Periodic Review to pressure the global south to accept sexual orientation and gender identity.
“Needs” Without Wants
The new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide an opportunity to reassess the “indicators” or benchmarks for reaching the expiring Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and make changes where appropriate. One outgoing indicator—“unmet need” for family planning—was controversial when it was first adopted and has gotten even more controversial in the hands of activists.
Universal Periodic Review: Regional Pressure to Expand Abortion
The Universal Periodic Review is supposed to be a platform where countries can hold each other accountable to their obligations to respect human rights as laid out in the international treaties they have ratified. However, some countries are using it as a way to pressure countries into changing their laws on abortion.