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The Helms Amendment: A racist policy that must be repealed Reintroduction of Abortion is Health Care Everywhere Act

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Title of Legislation:

Abortion is Health Care Everywhere Act

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Sponsor:

Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL): @janschakowsky

Original cosponsors

  1. Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA): @RepBarbaraLee
  2. Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA): @RepSpeier
  3. Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA): @RepPressley
  4. Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO): @RepDianaDeGette
  5. Rep. Norma Torres (D-CA): @NormaJTorres
  6. Rep. Marilyn Strickland (D-WA): @RepStricklandWA

Hashtags:

Primary:

#RepealHelms

Secondary:

  1. #HelmsHurts
  2. #EndHelms

Social Media Posts:

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Thank you @Janschakowsky @RepDianaDeGette @RepSpeier @RepBarbaraLee @RepPressley @NormaJTorres @RepStricklandWA for moving to repeal the Helms Amendment that has harmed communities around the world. Everyone deserves the safety and dignity of basic health care. #RepealHelms

History in the making: The Abortion is Health Care Everywhere Act is the first stand alone legislation to repeal the harmful #HelmsAmendment. It is time for the US to truly protect and promote the #reprohealth and #reprorights of people everywhere.

FACT: For nearly 50 years, #HelmsAmendment has denied people living thousands of miles from the US the abortion services they need. It is time for the US to stop controlling Black & brown bodies through US dollars. Let's #RepealHelms.

The Helms Amendment hinders millions of individuals around the world from being able to exercise their reproductive rights and deprives them of the care they want and need. #RepealHelms www.repealhelms.org

Annually, there are more than 35 million unsafe abortions worldwide that lead to millions of injuries and tens of thousands of preventable maternal deaths. The Helms amendment exacerbates this crisis. #RepealHelms www.repealhelms.org

An important step to decolonizing our global health systems is to repeal the Helms Amendment. It was created by a racist, white supremacist senator from the 70's and its got to go. #RepealHelms www.repealhelms.org

The Helms Amendment was introduced in direct response to Roe v. Wade to oppress and control the bodies of Black and brown women using the power of US funding. It’s time to end Helms. #RepealHelms www.repealhelms.org

Helms is named after the racist, sexist, white supremacist senator from NC, Jesse Helms. His dangerous values are reflected in this harmful policy. It's time to #RepealHelms. www.repealhelms.org

If people--no matter who they are or where they live-- don’t have the right to make fundamental decisions about their own bodies and health, they can’t fully enjoy the human rights to which all people are entitled. #RepealHelms www.repealhelms.org

Access to reproductive health should never depend on:

➡️ where you live

➡️ your race

➡️ access to health coverage

➡️ what old, white men in the United States think

It’s time to #RepealHelms www.repealhelms.org

What the Helms Amendment does:

❌ creates significant barriers to safe and legal health care globally

❌ stigmatizes abortion

❌ undermines our ability to advance health, human rights, and gender equality

It’s time this cruel policy has got to go. #RepealHelms

Unsafe abortion is a global health crisis. @Guttmacher estimates the US could prevent 19 million unsafe abortions a year if it repealed the Helms Amendment. It’s time to rescind this dangerous policy — for good. #RepealHelms

New @Guttmacher research finds that if the US were to #RepealHelms, there would be 17,000 fewer maternal deaths & 12 million fewer women who have abortion-related complications requiring medical treatment each year. #HelmsHurts gu.tt/HelmsImpact

Endorsing Organizations

We are proud to endorse the Abortion is Health Care Everywhere Act, the first-ever legislation to repeal the harmful #HelmsAmendment. It is time for the US to truly protect and promote the #reprohealth and #reprorights of people everywhere. #RepealHelms www.repealhelms.org

The Abortion is Health Care Everywhere Act will repeal the #HelmsAmendment that has prevented millions of people living overseas from accessing abortion services. #HelmsHurts and without it, lives will be saved. We are proud to endorse this historic bill that will #RepealHelms.

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The Helms Amendment is named after the racist, sexist, white supremacist senator from NC, Jesse Helms. His dangerous and violent values are reflected in this harmful policy.

Knowing that, you may be wondering why it is still in place today. Yeah, we are too.

It's time to #RepealHelms.

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Haven’t heard of the Helms Amendment before?

No worries, here are the highlights (re: lowlights):

  • Created by a white supremacist in the 1970s
  • Rooted in racism and colonialism
  • Deprives people around the world of receiving the health care they need
  • Results in millions of women dying from unsafe abortions because they cannot access sexual and reproductive health services.

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The Helms Amendment was introduced in direct response to Roe v. Wade to oppress and control the bodies of Black and brown people using the power of the US funding. This harmful policy must fall in order for any vision of health equity and reproductive justice to be realized. It is time to fight white supremacy – Congress must repeal the Helms Amendment

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New @Guttmacher research finds that if the Helms Amendment were to be repealed and health systems around the globe were supported by US policy, there would be at least 19 million fewer unsafe abortions and 17,000 fewer maternal deaths each year. #RepealHelms #HelmsHurts gu.tt/HelmsImpact

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Additional Resources & Information

Publications:

  1. The Ins and Outs of U.S. Abortion-related Restrictions Abroad and at Home (PAI)
  2. Helms Amendment and the Global Gag Rule — What’s the Difference? (PAI)
  3. Time Is Up for the Helms Amendment (PAI)
  4. The Helms Amendment, and Why It Needs to End (CHANGE)
  5. New Polling Shows Majority of Voters Favor Overturning Helms. (downloadable PDF) (Ipas)
  6. Key Messages on the Harms of the Helms Amendment and the Case for Repeal (downloadable PDF) (Ipas)
  7. The Harmful Impact of the Helms Amendment on Women in Kenya (downloadable PDF) (Ipas)
  8. Video: Time to put lives over politics: Repeal the Helms Amendment (Ipas)
  9. February 2021 resource: The Case for Ending the “Global Gag Rule” and the Helms Amendment (Guttmacher)

Coalition Partners:

  1. Advocates for Youth: @AdvocatesTweets
  2. American Jewish World Service: @ajws
  3. Catholics for Choice: @Catholic4Choice
  4. Center for Reproductive Rights: @ReproRights
  5. CHANGE: @SRHRforAll
  6. Guttmacher: @Guttmacher
  7. ICRW: @ICRW
  8. Ipas: @IpasOrg
  9. IWHC: @IntlWomen
  10. NARAL: @NARAL
  11. PAI: @pai_org
  12. Planned Parenthood: @ppglobe, @ppact
  13. Population Connection Action Fund: @popconnect
  14. Population Institute: @PopInstitute