FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 30, 2021
CONTACT: Madison Donzis | [email protected]
WASHINGTON, DC -- Serra Sippel, President of CHANGE (Center for Health and Gender Equity) issued the following statement as President Biden’s first 100 days in office come to a close:
“In its first 100 days, the Biden-Harris Administration has adopted support for sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) as official U.S. policy, a victory for women and girls and others who are discriminated against in the U.S. and around the world.
“CHANGE applauds the administration's recent actions and is encouraged to see the administration following through on its earlier promises to advance the health and rights of women and girls, both domestically and abroad, and to actively dismantle vindictive and extremist policies imposed on hundreds of thousands of people all over the world by the Trump administration. Biden’s support for sexual and reproductive health and rights has given the U.S. government the platform to get back on track to align with the global community in support of universal access to SRHR.
“But there is more to be done in order to build back better; to achieve true gender equality.
“Prioritizing SRHR in U.S. foreign policy will mean better coordination among agencies in the area of global health. We expect that it will also mean bold leadership in permanently ending the Global Gag Rule and Helms Amendment, and correct interpretation of existing law to allow U.S. support for abortion access in the cases of rape, incest and life endangerment.
“The U.S. government’s recognition and inclusion of sexual rights, which includes the experiences of transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming people, puts the U.S. government on course to fully embrace a global SRHR agenda. As Secretary Blinken has stated, ‘women’s rights - including sexual and reproductive rights - are human rights,’ and without basic human rights for all, there is no gender equality.
“We hope that in President Biden’s next 100 days U.S. policy in support of SRHR will be put into action.
In the Biden-Harris administration’s first 100 days, it has taken the following actions to advance SRHR globally:
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