US State Department: Prioritizing Reproductive Health Rights

US State Department: Prioritizing Reproductive Health Rights

Prioritizing Sexual and Reproductive Health and Reproductive Rights in U.S. Foreign Policy

Washingtion, DC (STL.News) Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken released the following statement:

Today, President Biden signed a Presidential Memorandum revoking the January 23, 2017 Presidential Memorandum on the Mexico City Policy.  Pursuant to President Biden’s memorandum, the previous administration’s Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance policy has also been rescinded.

In the Biden-Harris administration, the empowerment and protection of women and girls, including promoting their sexual and reproductive health and rights, is a central part of U.S. foreign policy and national security.  Today’s action by President Biden will help improve the lives of women and children around the world by expanding the base of partners implementing U.S. health assistance and increasing access to critical health services, including HIV/AIDS care for key populations, family planning information and services, and effective tuberculosis diagnosis and treatment.

Pursuant to President Biden’s memorandum, and consistent with applicable law, the State Department is also taking the necessary steps to make $32.5 million appropriated by Congress available in 2021 to support the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).  UNFPA’s work is essential to the health and well-being of women around the world and directly supports the safety and prosperity of communities around the globe, especially in the context of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

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