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How Trump, COVID-19 endanger sexual, reproductive health rights

  • Rita Widiadana


Denpasar, Bali   /   Wed, July 15, 2020   /  09:47 am
How Trump, COVID-19 endanger sexual, reproductive health rights Illustration. (Shutterstock/File)

United States President Donald Trump, the COVID-19 pandemic, and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) are a dangerous combination. Amid the worldwide surge in COVID-19 cases, the Trump administration urged the removal of any references to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and related services from the United Nations’ COVID-19 Global Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP). The suggestion shocked the global health community, which has regarded the US a champion in advancing SRHR since it demonstrated its strong commitment to the issue in 1994 at the first International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo. In a letter to UN Secretary-General António Guterres in mid-May, acting administrator John Barsa of the US Agency for International Development (USAID) called on the UN to “stay focused on life-saving interventions” and exclu...

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