Focus on Nepal: The Harmful Impact of the Helms Amendment on People Seeking Abortion Care

The Helms amendment is a law barring U.S. foreign assistance from being used for abortion services. This fact sheet describes the negative impact of the Helms amendment in Nepal. The country liberalized its abortion law  in  2002  and  the  right  to  safe  motherhood  and  reproductive  health  was  guaranteed  by  the  2015  Constitution.  In  2018  the  Right  to  Safe  Motherhood  and  Reproductive  Health Act further ensured that women and girls in Nepal have the right to access safe, legal abortion free of charge at public health facilities. Yet due  in  great  part  to  U.S.  funding  restrictions  like  the  Helms  Amendment,  Nepal’s reproductive health care provision is fragmented and needlessly inefficient, putting the most burden on women and girls seeking abortion care.

About this Resource:

Year Published/Updated: 2020

Author(s): Ipas

Languages: English
Regions: Asia
Countries: Nepal