Trump victory will not deter our fight for women’s rights

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Quote: "...this motivates us to redouble our efforts."

Like many around the world, the leadership and staff of Ipas are shocked by last night’s election of Donald J. Trump as the next president of the United States.

In sharp contrast to Hillary Clinton, who for decades has championed the human rights of women and girls, including the right to safe and legal abortion, Trump has never held public office and led a campaign that included an anti-abortion coalition dedicated to limiting women’s reproductive rights. 

“The implications of a Trump presidency are deeply troubling for women and girls everywhere, and particularly those who are most vulnerable,” says John Hetherington, Ipas president and CEO. “But far from simply discouraging us, this motivates us to redouble our efforts to create a world where all women and girls can freely exercise their sexual and reproductive rights.”

“Each and every day in countries where Ipas works,” he adds, “our leaders and staff face incredibly challenging political environments and, sometimes at great personal risk, press forward with their efforts to ensure that women can receive comprehensive, high-quality abortion and contraceptive care. Despite this newly challenging political environment in the United States, we will remain steadfast in those efforts.”