Feminist Majority

President Obama: #HelmsHurts

Each year, an estimated 47,000 women will die from unsafe abortion. Many of them are victims of systematic rape during war and conflict. These women and girls - some as young as 11 - face increased rates of maternal mortality, permanent reproductive damage, and obstetric fistula, in addition to isolation, trauma, and unintended pregnancy.

Women who become pregnant as a result of rape are often unable to access the care they need because of US political barriers to safe abortion, and a misinterpretation of the Helms Amendment - a provision of the US law that prevents US foreign assistance for abortion "as a method of family planning" but does allow US funds to help women obtain abortion care in cases of rape, incest, or life endangerment.

Take action with Feminist Majority to urge President Obama to take executive action to correct this misinterpretation of the Helms Amendment in order to ensure that women and girls all over the world, including in conflict zones, have access to life-saving abortion care.