On January 23, just three days after taking office, Donald Trump set the tone for his administration’s approach to reproductive rights by imposing an expanded version of the Global Gag Rule. Since then, Trump has waged an unprecedented attack on international reproductive health and rights. He pulled funding for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), cut Planned Parenthood reimbursements for care from his proposed budget, and spearheaded a movement to overturn the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which provides crucial access to affordable contraception and reproductive health services for millions of Americans.
We know that unrestricted access to voluntary family planning saves lives. So, in response to this administration’s dangerous policies, we launched our #Fight4HER campaign to push back.
Resistance in the Trump era has not been an easy task, but our grassroots activists across the nation have stood up to tell the world that they will not tolerate deadly policies that threaten people’s lives and reproductive futures.
Here are some of the things #Fight4HER has done so far:
We joined together with activist Lisa Shannon to collect stories of women in sub-Saharan Africa whose lives are threatened by the Trump administration’s dangerous policies. These stories are included in Lisa’s feature article of this issue.
We photo petitioned Sens. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and John McCain (R-AZ) to stand up against policies that undermine the reproductive health of people around the world.
We hosted silent demonstrations in North Carolina to protest the deadly impacts of the Global Gag Rule and cuts to international family planning. Activists at UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke University educated their peers on the harmful effects of the Global Gag Rule and collected petitions to send to Sens. Richard Burr (R-NC) and Thom Tillis (R-NC).
We awarded Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) the “Worst Women’s Advocate Award” for refusing to stand up for the health and rights of women and girls here in the United States and around the world. Activists presented his staff in Fort Collins with the award, accompanied by petitions they had collected over three months that asked him to support the Global HER Act.
We joined together with coalition partners at Ohio State University in Columbus to host a teach-in — which drew over 1,000 participants — on International Women’s Day to discuss reproductive rights, transnational feminism, and women worker’s rights.
Our activists delivered 22,000 petitions, in partnership with Planned Parenthood, to the Allentown office of Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA). Activists met with his staff — since he was nowhere to be found — to urge him to stand with Planned Parenthood and support the Global HER Act.
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), sponsor of the Global HER Act and champion of international reproductive rights, met with #Fight4HER activists in New Hampshire. Sen. Shaheen thanked them for their work on the #Fight4HER campaign and urged them to continue advocating for international reproductive rights and health.
We stormed the nation’s capital with 333 activists from 34 states at our annual Capitol Hill Days event. Participants attended informational sessions, engaged with speakers in panel discussions, and — in meetings on Capitol Hill — urged their members of Congress to support the Global HER Act and international family planning funding.
We joined a progressive coalition of organizations to make Congress hear our message: Healthcare is a human right. We rallied outside the Capitol, asking our elected officials to do what is best for the American people and protect our care.
We trained activists from Pennsylvania to Arizona to get them ready for July recess resistance activities. Activists asked questions at empty-chair town halls, discussed international family planning with their representatives at constituent BBQs, and shared their stories at healthcare hearings.
When we all fight together, our power is amplified and our voices are too loud to go unheard. Join #Fight4HER today. To learn more, text FIGHT to 52886 and visit IWillFight4HER.org.