Letter: Stand up for human rights

Published: 12/16/2018 12:01:01 AM

It’s been 70 years since the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which outlines basic rights of all people – regardless of demographics. It makes clear that no matter who you are, where you’re born or how much money you have, you have a set of rights that no authority should have the power to deny.

For too many people in too many places, this groundbreaking document is meaningless. What’s more, the U.S. government has abdicated its leadership in promoting human rights for all.

The Trump administration’s global gag rule uses U.S. aid to deny vulnerable people – mostly women and girls – access to the full range of reproductive health care they need. They appallingly stripped any mention of women’s and reproductive rights from the State Department’s annual Human Rights Report, and are insisting on stripping reproductive rights from other international documents at the U.N. These sexist and anti-women attacks are right in front of our faces.

This month we recognize International Human Rights Day, and we must demand our government live up to its words. We elected Chris Pappas because he pledged to support the Global Health, Empowerment and Rights Act to permanently repeal the global gag rule and protect the inalienable rights of women and people everywhere. Congressman-elect Pappas, we call on you to make the HER Act your top priority in 2019 and not be complicit in allowing the global gag rule to take one more life.



(The writer is an organizer for #Fight4HER.)

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