New report from Ipas and Ibis on impact of Helms and Hyde Amendments

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

John Hetherington talking

Ipas and Ibis Reproductive Health have published the first inclusive report on how the Helms and Hyde Amendments limit women’s access to abortion both in the United States and abroad. The report highlights the ways in which the Amendments violate human rights, impose barriers on access to safe abortion for women and young women, tie the hands of the health-care providers who serve them, and contribute to stigmatization of abortion and chilling of free speech on the issue.

On March 17, Ipas and Ibis—sponsored by All Above All—launched the report in Washington, DC. Speakers representing both organizations, as well as several partners, shared their thoughts and experiences with both amendments and their similar effects:

photo montage of report launch

Marcela Howell, founder and executive director for In Our Own Voice, said “The Hyde Amendment went after the poorest women…it deprives poor and minority women access to abortion.”

Echoing Howell, Niki Msipa-Ndebele, senior community access advisor for Ipas, said the Helms Amendment “is misinterpreted and misused to deny women—particularly poor and rural women in Africa and other regions where Ipas works—their right to safe abortion.”

“The effects of the Helms Amendment are insidious,” said Ipas President John Hetherington. “We have to work toward a world where anyone who experiences an unintended pregnancy can access safe abortion.”

Along with the report, the organizations released a short fact sheet.