What Went Wrong with the Human Rights System?

The recent formation of the U.S. Commission on Unalienable Rights is a positive sign in the United States. It shows that there is an increasing awareness that the UN human rights system has gone badly awry. Indeed, something has gone awfully wrong in international human rights discourse.

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What does a right to family planning mean?

INTRODUCTION For more than half a century, advocates have asserted that couples have a human right to family planning— the knowledge and means to determine the timing and spacing of…

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Why Confusion About Family Planning Terminology Could Be Costing Us Billions

INTRODUCTION At international institutions, there is always a politically sensitive, if not controversial, nature to discussions of sex, reproduction, and the family.  Even so, since 1968, some nations have framed…

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What is an International Norm? How is it Created and Why Does it Matter?

INTRODUCTION International debates often center around the concept of “international norms.” The liberal global order is sometimes described as being based on “rules” and “norms.” But what exactly is meant…

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Lives Saved — Bad Metrics, Bad Faith

Is saving a life the same as averting a death? Not exactly—one involves leaving a survivor, while the other deals with theoretical probabilities. But that subtle distinction has huge implications…

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Five Problems with the WEEE Act

The economic empowerment of women around the world is one of USAID’s priorities. There is much to support in the Women’s Entrepreneurship and Economic Empowerment Act of 2018, H.R. 5480 and S. 3247(WEEE Act) to expand women’s access to financial resources and markets. But there is also cause for concern.

Policy Papers

Seven Reasons to Reject “Comprehensive Sexuality Education”

Children need and deserve guidance, not only information. Whatever we tell children, we also teach them. And what we teach them will shape their personalities, attitudes, and values throughout their entire lives.

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Mexico City Policy Reinstatement and Expansion — Talking Points

Introduction As one of his first acts as President, Donald Trump reinstated the policy first enacted by President Ronald Reagan that blocks federal funding for NGOs that promote or provide…

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Five Reasons Why the U.S. Should Defund UN Women

To maintain the pro-life strides instituted by the Trump Administration the United States should defund the “UN Agency for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment” (UN Women).

Briefing Papers

Seven Reasons Why the REACH Act Falls Short

The Reach Every Mother And Child Act (REACH Act) was first introduced in the 114th Congress as Senate bill 1911 and House bill 3706. It has been reintroduced in the 115th Congress as Senate bill 1730 and House bill 4022. Its stated goal is to consolidate USAID efforts to eliminate preventable maternal and child deaths in 25 target countries by prioritizing the most cost-effective methods that save the most lives.

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